EDU 602 Philosophical Foundations of Education

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EDU 602 Philosophical Foundations of Education

4 Semester Units

Philosophical Foundations of Education provides an overview of the dominant philosophical perspectives which have framed the evolution of education, from the time of Plato to the present day. The major philosophers throughout history have included the nature and purpose of education in their writings. This course illustrates the historical, social, cultural, and educational contexts of the most prominent of those writings, and discusses their implications for the evolution of education.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine the major educational philosophies which have framed the development of American education.
  • Trace the emergence and development of educational philosophies through the various historical periods of the American experience.
  • Compare and contrast the educational philosophies which have shaped American education up to the present day.
  • Evaluate major educational philosophies in light of the needs of the 21st century information society.


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