Philosophical Foundations of Education (9e) : 9780132540742

Philosophical Foundations of Education (9e)

Ozmon & Craver
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For Philosophical Foundations of Education, Introduction/Foundations of Education, or Social Foundations of Education courses.


A balanced examination of the major schools of thought of philosophy in education throughout history, with an emphasis on each philosophy’s continuing relevance in teaching and learning today.


Now in its ninth edition, Philosophical Foundations of Education provides readers with comprehensive knowledge about the various schools of thought that have comprised the philosophy of education throughout history. Highly readable, this chronological text gives insight into the individuals who helped develop various philosophies of education and provides historical information about how they lived and how they learned. In addition, each chapter covers each philosophy’s aims, methods, curriculums, teaching roles, advantages, and disadvantages.


Covering not only how each philosophy evolved over time but also how these philosophies influenced subsequent educational practice, this popular survey textbook also challenges readers to apply what they have learned in their own profession and develop their own philosophies about education, instruction, and schooling.

Table of contents

Brief Contents



Chapter 1 — Idealism and Education

Chapter 2 — Realism and Education

Chapter 3 — Eastern Philosophy, Religion, and Education

Chapter 4 -  Pragmatism and Education

Chapter 5 — Reconstructionism and Education

Chapter 6 — Behaviorism and Education

Chapter 7 — Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Education

Chapter 8 — Marxism and Education

Chapter 9 — Analytic Philosophy and Education

Chapter 10 — Postmodernism and Education


Useful Websites and Internet Links

Selected Bibliography



New to this edition
  • Chapter introductions, including bulleted overviews, allow readers to familiarize themselves with the most important concepts and ideas in the coming pages.
  • Additional coverage of role of women and minorities is included throughout the text in terms of their roles in shaping both the theory and practice of philosophy of education.
  • General revisions and updates throughout each chapter were made in a continuing effort to make the book even more user-friendly and relevant.
  • A new bibliography and additional Internet resources that provide downloadable materials help students continue their research outside of the classroom using reliable and up-to-date sources.
  • Expanded and updated coverage of the following topics:

            Added information on pragmatism and education.

            Added information and research on de Beauvoir and Maritain.

            Added information on Postmodernism that reflects recent changes.


  • A revised postscript at the end of the book revisits and connects the central themes presented in the book with a look at past and future uses of philosophy of education.
Features & benefits
  • End-of-chapter primary source readings encourage students to expand their study in the field and provides important works by leading philosophers and educational theorists without leaving the text.
  • A bibliography includes extensive listings of both classic and contemporary works and offers students a readily available tool for additional self-study, assignments, and in-class discussions.
  • A list of Internet resources and online sites links students to additional sources of reliable information vouched for by the text's authors.
  • Standard chapter organization — which consists of historical development, current status, influence on education, critique, research activities, and readings —facilitates comparison of theories and shows students each theory through the same lens.
  • An annotated “Selected Readings” list at the end of each chapter familiarizes students with the work of philosophers who both champion and criticize the chapter's theory.
Author biography

Dr Howard A. Ozmon is professor emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University and the author of many articles and books on philosophy and education.  Dr. Ozmon taught in public schools in New York and New Jersey, and has been a professor  at several colleges and universities including Miami University (Ohio), the University of Virginia, William Paterson University (New Jersey), and Chicago State University, where he was chairman of the Department of Education.  Dr. Ozmon continues to publish in scholarly journals and lectures widely.  He is listed as a member of many professional organizations, has received many awards, and is included in Wikipedia.  Additional information may be obtained by visiting his website at www.