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The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education


reviewed by Robin Barrow December 22, 2009

coverTitle: The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education
Author(s): Harvey Siegel
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford
ISBN: 0195312880, Pages: 576, Year: 2009
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This handsome volume, divided into six sections, contains 28 chapters from 31 authors. There are three articles on the “aims of education,” eight on “thinking, reasoning, teaching and learning,” four devoted to “moral, value and character education,” six to “knowledge, curriculum, and educational research” (the last seeming somewhat out of place), five to “social and political issues,” and the final three to “approaches to philosophy of education and philosophy,” confined somewhat eclectically to pragmatism, feminism, and postmodernism. The quality of the individual chapters is generally high, as one might expect from a group of contributors many of whom (e.g., Gutmann, D.C. Phillips, Noddings and Nussbaum) are well–known in their field. At this point, I must declare an interest of sorts. I am myself the co-editor of a directly comparable Handbook published by Sage. This is not all that surprising given the very large number of such Handbooks, Companions, Guides, etc., currently... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 22, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15881, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 10:22:05 AM

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  • Robin Barrow
    Simon Fraser University
    ROBIN BARROW is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada, where he was also Dean of Education for ten years. Previously he held a personal Readership at the University of Leicester, U.K. The author of over twenty five books in philosophy and ancient history, his latest books include Plato (London and New York: Continuum), 2007, and An Introduction to Moral Philosophy and Moral Education (London and New York: Routledge), 2007. In 1996 Dr. Barrow was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
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