Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

2017 Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Mapping the Terrain of Political Theory in Education

  • Jeff Stickney
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_252

Foundations of Political Theory in Education

The domain of political theory in education is too vast to cover in one pass; an Educational Research Information Center (ERIC) scan turns up over 8000 articles related to this topic, showing that educationists often address diverse political issues, using an array of political theories and philosophies at our disposal. Borrowing the theme from the next Philosophy of Education Society Annual Meeting (Toronto, 2016) lends focus. Hannah Arendt’s highly influential work, Between Past and Future. Eight Exercises in Political Thought, characterized late twentieth century political theory as a subject drawing vital energy from current conflicts and courageous thinking, conducted within a “critically awakening” historical discourse that “pushes from behind and constrains from ahead” (1977, p. 7). A quick scan of the educational philosophy literature grabbing attention today reveals this kind of urgency and commitment – motivated by pressing...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada