Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 23, Issue 5, pp 393-408

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The educational theorists, the teachers, and their history of education

  • Rita CascleAffiliated withAllgemeine Päagogik Pädagogisches Institut, Universität Zürich Email author 

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The following contribution expands the current discussion on the status and function of the history of education at the methodological, or epistemological, level by introducing the perspective of a history of educational knowledge. This opens up a theoretical option for educational historiography that avoids the identification of history of education with history of a discipline, or the institutionalized knowledge of education and teaching. As a consequence, some history of education topoi – as the history of a discipline – can be called into question and practiced historically rather than educationally or morally.


History of education History of ideas History of knowledge History of science Teacher education