Course Number & Name:  EDU 103 Philosophy of Education

Credit Hours:  3.0             Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites: Grade of ”C” or better in EDU 101
Concurrent Courses:

Course Description:  This course provides an in-depth examination of major philosophies of education and their relation to teaching practice, methods, curriculum, and educational administration. Philosophies examined will include idealism, perennialism, pragmatism, existentialism, Marxism, romanticism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and post-structuralism.  Emphasis is on practical significance of educational theories.  Note: In addition to those mentioned above, the following philosophies of education may also be examined: radical perspectivism, W E B Dubois’ philosophy of education, and eastern theosophical schools of thought (e.g., Buddhist, Hindu, and Confucian).

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. identify and discuss major philosophies of education;
  2. determine and analyze underlying philosophical assumptions in educational practice;
  3. create and describe one’s personal philosophy of education; and
  4. analyze ethical issues in education, including professional codes of ethics, from a variety of philosophical perspectives.


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