Philosophy & Education: An Introduction in Christian Perspective

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Knight's textbook surveys the philosophies and philosophic issues relevant to Christian education. Teachers, students of education, and other readers will find this book a "helpful guide for analyzing educational purposes and practices in the light of their basic beliefs."

Besides investigating the relationship between philosophy and education and discussing how philosophies have affected contemporary practices in the classroom, Knight offers a Christian approach to philosophy and relates such an approach to educational practices.

Philosophy and Education is divided into three sections. Part I deals with basic concepts in philosophy and the relationship between philosophy and education. Part II is a survey of how traditional and modern philosophies have faced the basic philosophic questions and what that has meant for educational practice. Part III discusses the necessity of developing a personal philosophy of education, one possible approach to a Christian philosophy, and some of the ramifications of such a philosophy for educational practice in Christian schools.

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The basic premise underlying this book is the seemingly obvious proposition that individuals cannot arrive at their destination unless they know where they are going. That premise leads to inquiries about goals, the issue of goals leads to reflection upon values, and questions concerning values lead to the consideration of such basic items as the nature of truth and reality. In other words, questions about purpose direct us to basic philosophic issues.

A second premise is that there is a definite connection between philosophic positions and educational practices. The implication of this statement is that educational practices are built upon philosophical beliefs. . .

A third premise is that the greatest need of Christian schools is that they be Christian in the fullest sense of the word. In an era of soaring educational costs, the continued existence of Christian schools as an alternative to public systems of education may be predicated upon the ability of Christian educators to develop a genuinely Christian alternative. This need can only be realized as Christian educators clearly understand their basic beliefs and how those beliefs can and must affect their educational planning and practice. . .

The reception of the first and second editions of Philosophy and Education far exceeded my expectations. The book's numerous printings and increasing use have validated the helpfulness of the general approach taken. As a result, the third edition makes no macro-changes in structure. It has however, added a chapter on postmodernism, and a section discussing critical pedagogy, multiculturalism, and feminism.

About the Author:

George Knight teaches at Andrews University. He has served as a pastor, elementary and secondary teacher, school principal, and a professor of educational foundations.

Dr. Knight holds two masters degrees in theology and Christian philosophy and a doctorate in the philosophy of education.

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