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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
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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
Required text and materials
Online MEd students are responsible for sourcing and/or ordering their own books. Please see
the list of required textbooks here: https://www.tru.ca/distance/courses/MEd_Textbook_List.pdf
You may be able to order the text through the TRU Bookstore at http://thebookstore.tru.ca. Please note, if you choose to
source your own textbooks, publishers may offer several package options that include additional
resource material not required in your course. You may choose to purchase any package as long
as it includes the correct author, title and edition listed for your course.
If you have any questions about obtaining the correct textbook, please contact
OLMaterials@tru.ca. They will be happy to assist you.
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
|Reflective Journal 1
|Assignment 1: Interpret a Primary Text
|Discussion Forum 1
|Reflective Journal 2
|Discussion Forum 2
|Final Project: Personal Philosophy of Education *
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.