Philosophy of Education

In this fifteen-part video course we cover key philosophical issues that bear directly upon education. We discuss the works of several philosophers — Plato, Locke, Kant, Dewey, and others — who have influenced education greatly, and we compare several systems of educational philosophy and their implications for education in practice.

Below are the videos of the course lectures, including links to the readings, excerpts from primary sources, and other supplemental materials. Here is the flyer with embedded links [pdf] to the videos for each lecture.

This introductory course presupposes no formal knowledge of philosophy or education. The lectures were recorded during the 2009-2010 academic year.

“Philosophy” of “Education”
What education is
Some philosophical questions about education
What philosophy is
The relevance of philosophy to education
Motivation for the course
[View all of Part 1 at YouTube.]

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About William Kline

William Kline is an associate professor in the department of Business Administration at the University of Illinois, Springfield.
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