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Understanding enduring ideas in education: A response to those who 'just want to be a teacher'

The journey towards becoming a teacher involves engaging with a range of theoretical and pedagogical knowledge, and fieldwork experiences. This edited collection is a response to recurring student feedback about the struggle to grasp the philosophical and political aspects of teaching and learning. For some, encountering broad open-ended questions about the nature and purpose of education is confronting. The chapters have been organised around three philosophical ‘traditions’—progressive, liberal, and socially critical perspectives. The exploration of each philosophical tradition is complemented by personal reflections of academics for whom a particular philsophical view has influenced their development as scholars, researchers, and educators.

This book is essential reading for teachers, educators, parents, and community members interested in understanding how enduring philosphical ideas can help us make sense of contemporary educational issues. The book raises questions key questions about the purpose of education, the nature of knowledge, and beliefs and values about teaching and learning. The authors present education as a site of competing and often conflicting ideas to which there may be no firm answers to these questions. In this regard, the book presents philosophical thinking as a deep, on-going exploration of the relationship between education and society. By providing further questions for discussion, the authors seek to promote further reflection and thinking about education and its role in society. The book will therefore also be of interest to policy makers, government officials and teacher educators. 

Edited by Jennifer Tatebe and Carol Mutch