The Solution of Social Problems from the Perspective of Philosophy of Education

By Aminuddin Hassan, Nurzatulshima Kamarudin, Jamaludin Ahmad and Roselan Baki.

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The purpose of this paper is to explore educational philosophy approaches to solving social problems. These approaches are also considered from the perspectives of some popular denominations and branches of philosophy of education that discuss social problems. This paper stressed that social problems are not to be seen only from this mechanism; it is also upon the basis on how the problems occurred or to avoid them through wise evaluation. Malaysia is a country which is in the process of paradigm shift and experiencing rapid technological development that will bring it to the same level as the other developing countries. However, globalization and modernization have brought both positive and negative elements to the society. These two main elements need to be faced as a challenge in modern life. Nevertheless, development as a positive value can still be accepted as long as it does not conflict with religion, culture, and society’s norms. However, during this development, social problems increase and collapse Malaysia’s social structure. Many teenagers lose their life focus. Modernization and globalization had changed their behavior, lifestyle, and their thinking. Development has been misused by them and they became involved in unhealthy activities, ruined their future and their parents and indirectly destroyed state’s expectations of them. Many of the teenagers have become involved in hedonistic culture, refuse to think, and do not seriously face the realities of life. Their loss of focus makes them a burden to their country.

Keywords: Philosophy of Education, Branches of Philosophy, Social Problems

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.27-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.221MB).

Dr. Aminuddin Hassan

Lecturer, Foundations of Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Aminuddin Hassan is a lecturer at Faculty of Educational Studies. He holds the doctoral degree from Durham University, UK. He has been involved in research, teaching and consultancy works, in the area of philosophy of education, productivity improvement, higher education and thinking skills.

Dr. Nurzatulshima Kamarudin

Lecturer, Science and Technical Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Begin my career as a Physics teacher for four years, and currently as a lecturer in Science Education in Faculty of Educational Studies in University Putra Malaysia, since 2000. My PhD in Science Education was awarded from University Kebangsaan Malaysia. My areas of specialization are in Physics Education, Science Education and Pedagogy. My research interests are focusing in pedagogy, laboratory management, practical work, science education, science teacher and teacher training development. Focus of current research is developing effective method for managing practical work.

Dr. Jamaludin Ahmad

Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Roselan Baki

Head, Department of Language and Humanities Education, Universiti Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Roselan Baki is Head, Department of Language and Humanities Education, Faculty of Educational Studies at University Putra Malaysia (UPM). He taught in secondary schools for 10 years, and in a teacher training college for 12 years before moving to UPM. He holds qualification in Ed., B.Ed. (UPM), Dip. in Islamic Studies (UIAM), MA (Michigan State), PhD (National University of Malaysia). He has written several books about teaching and learning in the Malay language. He has also contributed to conferences in the area of literacy, language instruction and qualitative research in Malaysia and Asia. His research interest is in the area of quality instruction, alternative pedagogy and teacher education.


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