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Pierre Bourdieu

by Michael James Grenfell & Richard Bailey

The French social theorist Pierre Bourdieu was a key thinker about education and educational processes in the second half of the twentieth century. He made his name in seminal texts such as The Inheritors and...


John Holt

by Roland Meighan & Richard Bailey

John Holt, the American educator, was passionate about the need for alternatives to traditional institutional schooling, seeing schools as often hindering children from learning rather than helping them; he...


John Dewey

by Richard Pring & Richard Bailey

Bertrand Russell's History of Philosophy refers to Dewey as 'generally admitted to be the leading living philosopher of America'. This honourable mention lay partly in his pragmatic theory of meaning, through...


John Henry Newman

by James Arthur, Guy Nicholls & Richard Bailey

John Henry Newman's writings and his lifelong search for religious truth continue to influence thought within a range of disciplines, most notably theology, philosophy and education. One of his most significant...


Plato

by Robin Barrow & Richard Bailey

Plato was the first and most formidable thinker to recognise that education is a fiercely contested concept, and to point out what great social and personal issues are at stake in education. He articulated a...


Jean-Jacques Rousseau

by Jurgen Oelkers & Richard Bailey

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, enlightenment philosopher and founder of 'natural education', is one of the most influential philosophers of education in the western world.

In order to fully understand Rousseau's impact...


Maria Montessori

by Marion O'Donnell & Richard Bailey

Maria Montessori's work and thinking form a unique legacy to current educational thinking and practice. In this text, Marion O'Donnell explores the key themes of her philosophy of education and explores the...


Jerome Bruner

by David R. Olson & Richard Bailey

Jerome Bruner is the vanguard of �the cognitive revolution� in psychology and the predominant spokesman for the role of culture and education in the making of the modern mind. In this text Olson encourages...


Lev Vygotsky

by Ren¿ van der Veer & Richard Bailey

Lev Vygotsky, the great Russian psychologist, had a profound influence on educational thought. His work on the perception of art, cultural-historical theory of the mind and the zone of proximal development all...


John Locke

by Alexander Moseley & Richard Bailey

John Locke is one of the great minds in educational history. Drawing on his perceptive observations of families and children he saw the importance of adapting learning to the child's dispositions. Critical of...


Rudolf Steiner

by Heiner Ullrich & Richard Bailey

Rudolf Steiner is one of the most controversially judged educational reformers of the twentieth century. Although he received little recognition within his field, his educational thought has had a sustained...


Mary Wollstonecraft

by Susan Laird & Richard Bailey

Best known as author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), if not also as mother of Frankenstein's author Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft survived domestic violence and unusual independent womanhood...


Michel Foucault

by Lynn Fendler & Richard Bailey

Michel Foucault's influential work spanned a wide array of intellectual disciplines, his writings having been widely taken up in philosophy, history, literary criticism and political theory.

Focusing on the...


Loris Malaguzzi and the Reggio Emilia Experience

by Kathy Hall, Mary Horgan & Anna Ridgway

The Municipal preschools of Reggio Emilia, in Northern Italy, are renowned world-wide for the excellence of their provision. This approach provides a unique collaboration between children, parents, teachers...


St Augustine

by Ryan N. S. Topping & Richard Bailey

After setting Augustine's thought firmly within the context of his life and times, Ryan Topping examines in turn the causes of education (the purposes, pedagogy, curriculum, and limits of learning) as Augustine...


Leo Tolstoy

by Daniel Moulin & Richard Bailey

How do we know what we should teach? And how should we go about teaching it? These deceptively simple questions about education perplexed Tolstoy. Before writing his famous novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina...


Robert Owen

by Robert A. Davis, Frank O¿Hagan & Richard Bailey

This text offers a major reassessment of the life and thought of the distinguished 19th century industrial philanthropist and educational reformer, Robert Owen. In a period when Owen's radical new visions for...


Aristotle

by Alexander Moseley & Richard Bailey

Aristotle is often underrated in educational circles but the impact of his philosophy and his actions are evident in the schools and universities around us today. Aristotle developed the first proper university...


Confucius

by Charlene Tan & Richard Bailey

Charlene Tan's text offers a coherent account of Confucius' educational thought and its implications for the modern world. Arguing that Confucius is more than an ancient master who emphasised tradition, rote-learning...


Paulo Freire

by Daniel Schugurensky & Richard Bailey

Paulo Freire is one of the most influential thinkers in education. This text is a thoughtful and thorough introduction to Freire's work, situating this in the context of his life, intellectual journey and the...