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Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy

Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy

Two Volume Set
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Education Studies

July 2014 | 952 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Education is a field sometimes beset by theories-of-the-day and with easy panaceas that overpromise the degree to which they can alleviate pressing educational problems. The two-volume Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy introduces readers to theories that have stood the test of time and those that have provided the historical foundation for the best of contemporary educational theory and practice. Drawing together a team of international scholars, this invaluable reference examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them and presents them in the context needed to understand their strengths and weaknesses. In addition to interpretations of long-established theories, this work offers essays on cutting-edge research and concise, to-the-point definitions of key concepts, ideas, schools, and figures.


  • Over 300 signed entries by trusted experts in the field are organized into two volumes and overseen by a distinguished general editor and an international editorial board.
  • Entries are followed by cross references and further reading suggestions.
  • A Reader’s Guide groups entries thematically
  • The Reader’s Guide, detailed index, and cross references combine for strong search-and-browse capabilities in the electronic version.

Available in a choice of print or electronic formats, Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy is an ideal reference for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary educational theory. 

Key Themes:

  • Aims of Education
  • Classic Premodern Philosophers, Theories, and Theorists
  • Curriculum
  • Educational Research, Evaluation, and Testing
  • Equity, Rights, Social Stratification, and Citizenship
  • Higher Education
  • Learners, Learning, and Teaching
  • Liberal Education
  • Moral, Religious, Spiritual, and Social/Cultural Values
  • Multiculturalism and Special Populations
  • Organization of Schooling
  • Philosophy of Science, Sociology of Science, and Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Education: Feminist Perspectives
  • Philosophy of Education: Nonwestern Traditions
  • Philosophy of Education: The Analytic Tradition
  • Philosophy of Education: The Continental Traditions
  • Philosophy of Education: The Political Theory Tradition
  • Philosophy of Education: The Pragmatic Tradition
  • Progressive Education
  • Psychological Orientation in Educational Theory
  • Social Sciences Orientation in Educational Theory

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ISBN: 9781452230894

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