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Philosophical, Ideological, and Theoretical Perspectives on Education

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-08-15
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Gerald Gutek’s Philosophical, Ideological, and Theoretical Perspectives on Education uses a systems approach to help readers examine the major schools of philosophy of education; consider the relationship of education to major ideologies including Nationalism, Liberalism, Conservatism, and Marxism; and analyze the impact of philosophy and ideology on educational theory and practice through the theories of Essentialism, Perennialism, Social Reconstruction, and Critical Theory. The concepts are made clear through the book’s helpful chapter organization, which includes definitions of terms; historical contributors and antecedents; a general discussion of the particular philosophy, ideology, or theory; and relationship and application to education, especially to schools, curriculum, instruction, and to teachers and students.

Author Biography

Gerald Lee Gutek is a professor emeritus of educational policy studies at Loyola University of Chicago.  He enjoyed a long teaching career at Loyola University and is a former dean of its School of Education. He earned his Ph.D.at the University of Illinois (Urbana).  His academic specialization is the history and philosophy of education.  Among his books are: Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education: A Biographical Introduction (Pearson) and An Historical Introduction to American Education (Waveland),  With his wife, Patricia, Gutek has written several historical travel guides, the most recent is Pathways to the Presidency (South Carolina University Press). Gutek is a member of the Philosophy of Education Society, the History of Education Society, and the Organization of Educational Historians.

Table of Contents

PART 1 Philosophies and Education

Chapter 1 Philosophy and Education 2

Chapter 2 Idealism and Education 18

Chapter 3 Realism and Education 46

Chapter 4 Pragmatism and Education 74

Chapter 5 Existentialism and Education 104

Chapter 6 Postmodernism and Education 138


PART 2 Ideologies and Education

Chapter 7 Ideology and Education 166

Chapter 8 Nationalism, American Exceptionalism, Ethnonationalism, and Education 194

Chapter 9 Liberalism and Education 216

Chapter 10 Conservatism and Education 250

Chapter 11 Marxism and Education 272


PART 3 Theories and Education

Chapter 12 Theory and Education 298

Chapter 13 Essentialism and Education 310

Chapter 14 Perennialism and Education 340

Chapter 15 Progressivism and Education 362

Chapter 16 Social Reconstructionism and Education 388

Chapter 17 Critical Theory and Education 420

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