My Perspective on Philosophy of Education and Educational Practice(s)
I studied Philosophy of Education with Professor James D. Marshall at the University of Auckland at various times during my teaching career, and Philosophy of Education became an integral part of my approach to education. I think of myself not so much as a philosopher of education so much as a member of a community of philosophers of education. My understanding of the discipline has evolved, but it still reflects family influence and the input of my teachers and others. This (requested) paper is a personal view and does not pretend to be anything more than that.
When I talk about “education,” I do not limit the point of reference to schools, or other formal institutions of learning, but include the whole complex arena of human interactions which have educative intent or results. So fishing in Kiribati or visiting New York, or indeed piracy off Somalia can all be included (to the extent that someone learns something) in my understanding of “education,” and consequently the...
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