A History of Western Educational Ideas by Denis Lawton and Peter Gordon pdf free download

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A History of Western Educational Ideas by Denis Lawton and Peter Gordon pdf free download

A History of Western Educational Ideas by Denis Lawton and Peter Gordon pdf free download. Our focus upon the history of ideas in this book is partly an attempt to move history of education away from an approach based on ‘great men’ to technological, economic, social and political influences on ideas and beliefs. In our view many books on the history of education have moved all too easily from one famous writer to another without sufficient regard for the general historical context of the ideas.

A History of Western Educational Ideas by Denis Lawton and Peter Gordon pdf free download

The history of education has, in the past, not only concentrated too much on the story of great thinkers but also on the history of institutions, for example, on topics such as ‘The Rise of the University’ rather than examining the changes in society which gave rise to those institutions or to changes in them. In reality the twelfth-century universities of Paris and Oxford had very little in common with twentieth-century higher education.

A History of Western Educational Ideas by Denis Lawton and Peter Gordon pdf free download

One of our purposes will be to explore the reasons for change without ignoring the contributions made by individuals. We have specified ‘Western’ in the title because it is not the intention of this book to try to cover aspects of oriental philosophy and education. The Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese traditions are very rich, but beyond the scope of a single volume and beyond our expertise. We will make some reference to Islamic education though mainly to the influence of those ideas on Western education, which were considerable, but do not take us outside the general narrative of this book.

A History of Western Educational Ideas by Denis Lawton and Peter Gordon pdf free download

Islamic culture shared many aspects of the Judaeo-Christian tradition and benefited from the writings of authors such as Aristotle. Many historians have suggested that if an individual is ignorant of the history of his or her own country, he or she is rather like someone without a memory: we need the past in order to make sense of the present, or at least to know how we arrived at this point. The same is true for anyone involved in education: there are many aspects of an education system that only make sense if we know how that system has developed over time. Part of that development is the story of how institutions (schools, colleges and universities) have changed, but it is also important to understand how ideas in education have developed.

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