Philosophy of Childhood
Run by School of Educational Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr Bryn Jones
Overall aims and purpose
The module aims to provide an overview of the development of educational philosophy since classical times. It demonstrates the influence of such ideas on modern educational thought and practice. It explores the relationship between theories of education and social, political, cultural and religious thought. The module provides a context for an understanding of the conflict and tensions between progressive and traditional ideas in the development of the contemporary curriculum.
The module focuses on: • an overview of the most important movements and thinkers that have combined to give direction and form to contemporary educational thought and practice and the influence of social, political, cultural and religious thought upon them; • a critical introduction to the ideas and influence of Plato, Socrates and Confucius as key thinkers in Western and Asian cultures, providing the students with a global perspective and enabling them to understand the central debate between Eastern and Western theories of education in the modern world; • the great thinkers who influenced the conceptual development of education in Western Europe since the end of the Renaissance, such as Locke, Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Montessori, and others; • the important developments seen in the field of developmental psychology under the influence of Bruner, Gardner and others; • the influence of such individuals and their ideas on the development of contemporary educational thought and practice, and some of the main debates that have arisen as a result of some of these ideas.
thresholdA satisfactory understanding of the main educational theories and the contributions of key individuals and an appreciation of their influence on present-day educational thinking and practice.
goodA significant understanding of the main educational theories and the contributions of key individuals and a good appreciation of their influence on present-day educational thinking and practice.
excellentA comprehensive understanding of the main theories and contributions of key individuals and a very good appreciation of their influence on present-day educational thinking and practice.
- 1. demonstrate critical understanding and interpretation of key educational theories from classical times to the present; 2. critically discuss some of the ways in which these philosophies have steered the developments in present day educational practice; 3. critically evaluate the influence of social, political, cultural and religious thought on the development of educational theory; 4. demonstrate a critical understanding and appreciation of the conflict and tensions between progressive and traditional ideas in the development of the contemporary curriculum.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
|(a) Contact Time – e.g. in classroom, or fieldwork 44 hours (b) Private Study – reading time, preparing and taking assessments 156 hours Format of Teaching: Lectures : 44 hours Teaching Strategy: 1.Interactive lectures and seminars: 44 hours (22@2 hours weekly)|