EDUC 5021
Philosophy and History of Education

3.0 Credits

NOTE: To register for this course, please email eadvising@tru.ca or call 250-377-6048.

Description

What education is, what purposes it should serve, and how it should be structured is closely entwined with ideas of what a society is and how it functions. This course provides an introduction to key educational philosophers and considers their impact on the history of education.

Delivery Method

Online, Paced.

Prerequisites

Meets the admission requirements to the MEd.

Objectives

After you have completed the work in this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the social and philosophical theories of Western society and consider the implication of these theories in education;
  • Discuss the evolving structures and priorities within education as part of a much larger picture;
  • Identify the historic contexts and shifting values from which various social and philosophical theories originate;
  • Describe the relevance of philosophy and history of education in the practice of education;
  • Articulate a relevant understanding of a variety of philosophical and social theorists and contexts that have played a role in the evolving nature of society.
  • Situate your own instructional experience in the context of educational philosophies.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Biography and Philosophy: The Intersection
  • Module 2: Confucius
  • Module 3: Plato
  • Module 4: Aristotle
  • Module 5: Aquinas to Calvin: Medieval to Reformation
  • Module 6: Rene Descartes
  • Module 7: The Enlightenment, the Moderns
  • Module 8: John Locke, Jean Jacques Rousseau and Naturalistic Education
  • Module 9: Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Module 10: Pestalozzi, Froebel and Montesorri
  • Module 11: The Industrial Revolution and Karl Marx
  • Module 12: John Dewey and Pragmatism
  • Module 13: The Post Moderns ... in brief

Maximum Completion

16 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Philosophy & History of Education, 2015, Pearson, Custom Textbook ISBN: 978-1-269-79296-7, containing chapters from:

  1. Gutek, G.L. Historical and philosophical foundations of education: A biographical introduction. 5e. Pearson, 2011.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-0137152735
  1. Gutek, G.L. Philosophical, ideological and theoretical perspectives on education. 2e. Pearson, 2014.
    Type: Textbook: ISBN: 978-0132852388

Online students are responsible for sourcing and ordering their own textbooks. You can order the text through the TRU Bookstore at http://thebookstore.tru.ca/. A textbook list will be provided with a registration package when you are eligible to register. If you have any questions please contact the MEd program at edadvising@tru.ca.

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the "Mail" tool in the Learning Environment or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.

Assessment

In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50% on the final project and 70% overall. The following chart shows how the final grade is determined for this course.

Reflective Journal 1 20%
Assignment 1: Interpret a Primary Text 20%
Discussion Forum 1 5%
Reflective Journal 2 20%
Discussion Forum 2 5%
Final Project: Personal Philosophy of Education * 30%
Total 100%

*Mandatory