Philosophy of Education
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Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Philosophy of Education
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lecturer of 2021/2022  Autumn semester
Rain Mikser (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2021/2022  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To create opportunities for the understanding and systematic treatment of the philosophical grounds of educational problems.
To acquire a systematic overview of the main educational-philosophical schools of the European and American cultural sphere, their development and influence on contemporary education.
To develop the ability for critical reflection on the current contemporary educational problems and their solutions against the background of internationally recognized concepts of the philosophy of education.
Brief description of the course
The subject of philosophy of education and the practical fields of application. The place and specificity of philosophy of education among the other foundational disciplines of pedagogy.
The main terms in philosophy of education.
Plato. Liberalism. Meritocracy. Elite and egalitarian education. Aristotle. Rationalism. Descartes. Empiricism. Locke, Hume.
Positivism and its influence on contemporary pedagogical research tradition.
Comte. Vienna Circle. Pragmatism. Dewey. Analytical philosophy. Hirst, Peters.
Critical rationalism. Popper. Phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics. Husserl. Heidegger. Dilthey.
Critical theory. Habermas. Postmodernism. Foucault. Lyotard. Rorty.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- Is able to understand and critically analyze contemporary pedagogical issues against the background of internationally recognized concepts of philosophy of education;
- Is able to read and understand the top level literature of psychology of education belonging to the contemporary European and American cultural sphere, also in a foreign language;
- Is able to set up and present in writing, contemporary pedagogical issues in internationally acknowledged terms and categories;
- Is able to understand, describe, and justify both orally and in writing, his/her own professional activity, including the research paper, in internationally recognized terms and categories of philosophy of education.
Rain Mikser