Being Practically Wise: Philosophy of Education and the Mediation of Divergent Philosophies

By Theodore Michael Christou.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In this essay, philosophy of education is framed as a means of understanding our humanity via the study of pedagogy. The paper considers the notion of practical wisdom in education. A practically wise educator is depicted one who both mediates divergent worldviews or philosophical orientations embedded in pedagogy, and weaves from these a consistent and appropriate vision of education. Philosophy of education is not merely reflexive activity; it is a disposition to the world concerned with the relationship between teaching, learning, and our humanity.

Keywords: Humanities, Philosophy of Education, History of Education, Teacher Education, Worldview

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.51-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 602.653KB).

Dr. Theodore Michael Christou

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada

I have worked as a teacher in the Toronto and District School Boards in Ontario, Canada. My earlier graduate work at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Child Study (Human Development and Applied Psychology Department) focused on the influence of educator’s underlying assumptions on practice. My PhD, completed at Queen’s University, examined the reception and interpretation of progressive pedagogy in Ontario during the period between the two world wars. Presently, my teaching concerns educational philosophy, historical thinking, and the social studies in education.

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