Education, Ethics and Experience

Education, Ethics and Experience : Essays in honour of Richard Pring

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Education, Ethics and Experience is a collection of original philosophical essays celebrating the work of one of the most influential philosophers of education of the last 40 years. Richard Pring's substantial body of work has addressed topics ranging from curriculum integration to the comprehensive ideal, vocational education to faith schools, professional development to the privatisation of education, moral seriousness to the nature of educational research.

The twelve essays collected here explore and build on Pring's treatment of topics that are central to the field of philosophy of education and high on the agenda of education policy-makers. The essays are by no means uncritical: some authors disagree sharply with Pring; others see his arguments as useful but incomplete, in need of addition or amendment. But all acknowledge their intellectual debt to him and recognise him as a giant on whose shoulders they stand.

This book will be a welcome and lively read for educational academics, researchers and students of Educational Studies and Philosophy.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 168 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 11.18mm | 386g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138860417
  • 9781138860414

Table of contents





Michael Hand and Richard Davies

The influence of Dewey

David Carr

Integral education and Pring's liberal vocationalism

Judith Suissa

Why careers education is part of education

Christopher Winch

Education for moral seriousness

Michael Hand

Pring on privatisation: similar premises, different prognosis

James Tooley

The common school, aptitude and autonomy

Robin Barrow

Pring's engagement with sociology of education

Michael Young

Common sense and the craft of teaching

Richard Davies

The aims and claims of educational research

Alis Oancea

Faith schools, the common good and the Muslim tradition

Farid Panjwani

External policy referencing in education

Christine Han

Reviving teaching for freedom

Hugh Sockett


Richard Pring

Name Index

Subject Index
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About Michael Hand

Michael Hand is Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Birmingham.

Richard Davies is Lecturer in Education at Aberystwyth University.
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