Philosophy of Education


Philosophy of Education
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  • 0813345324
  • 9780813345314
  • 9780813345321
The first edition of Nel Noddings’ Philosophy of Education was acclaimed as the “best overview in the field” by the journal Teaching Philosophy and predicted to become “the standard textbook in philosophy of education” by Educational Theory. This classic text, originally designed to give the education student a comprehensive look at philosophical thought in relation to teaching, learning, research, and educational policy, has now been updated to reflect the most current thinking in the field. Features of the third edition include a new chapter on multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism in education, as well as updates on the latest work in care ethics.

Philosophy of Education introduces students to the evolution of educational thought, from the founding fathers to contemporary theorists, with consideration of both analytic and continental traditions. This is an essential text not only for teachers and future teachers, but also for anyone needing a survey of contemporary trends in philosophy of education.
  • Westview Press; July 2011
  • ISBN 9780813345321
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  • Title: Philosophy of Education
  • Author: Nel Noddings
  • Imprint: Westview Press
Subject categories
  • 0813345324
  • 9780813345314
  • 9780813345321

In The Press

“An intelligent, insightful, and useful approach to the subject. Recommended.”

Praise for the first edition:

“Nel Noddings, one of the most well-known and well-respected philosophers of education working today, gives us here an excellent, up-to-date and state of the art text… It fills a real need and will surely, and deservedly, become the standard textbook in philosophy of education… Noddings consistently brings the student/reader to a clear sense of the ways in which philosophical controversies are relevant to educational debate.… I highly recommend it for use in introduction to philosophy of education classes at all levels, and for more advanced classes as well.”
Teaching Philosophy

“Serves as an admirable introduction to the philosophy of education… Educators…will find the book most useful as an initial resource.”
Educational Research

“This book offers religious educators a clear, well-organized introduction to the subject.”

“An elegant contribution from a ‘masterful’ teacher. Vintage Noddings, it synthesizes, interprets, and updates the field as no other. Surely a wonderful and needed addition.”
Lynda Stone, University of North Carolina

“Nel Noddings writes straightforwardly and lucidly about the complex ideas of both classic and contemporary philosophers of education. She has the rare ability to show the relevance of philosophy to the concrete practical problems that teachers face in the classroom…It is difficult to imagine a more ideal introduction for potential teachers to the rich subject of the philosophy of education.”
Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

“Noddings provides a highly readable invitation to enter into ‘the immortal conversation’ on life and education. This is a fresh and enticing analysis of what constitutes philosophy of education.”
Mary Anne Raywid, Hofstra University

“An outstanding contribution. In one volume, Nel Noddings offers a comprehensive and well-informed introduction to the issues and authors shaping the field of philosophy of education in this century. Noddings explains the major debates in an admirably clear and even-handed manner. This is the best overview of the field available today.”
Nicholas Burbules, Educational Theory

About The Author

Nel Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education Emerita at Stanford University. She has taught at the elementary through college levels and has served as acting dean of the School of Education at Stanford University. An award-winning teacher and past president of the National Academy of Education and the Philosophy of Education Society, she is the author of numerous books on a broad range of educational issues.