The Cultivation of Reason Giving: The Primary Purpose of Education?
A theoretical paper arguing that the fundamental goal of education is one of fostering the disposition to judge complex individual and social issues on the basis of sound reasons.
||Aims of Education, Epistemological Levels Research, Evaluativist Thinking, Philosophy, Philosophy for Children, Cognitive Psychology
International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.187-194.
Article: Print (Spiral Bound).
Article: Electronic (PDF File; 715.843KB).
Dr Sue Knight has a PhD in philosophy from Adelaide University and teaches and researches in the fields of ethics and Philosophy for Children in the School of Education, University of South Australia. My focus is on teaching all branches of philosophy in primary and secondary schools. At present I have a special interest in ethical inquiry and the teaching of reasoning skills. My areas of specialisation within philosophy are metaphysics and the philosophy of science. I am a founding chair of the South Australian Association for Philosophy in the Classroom, and inaugural chair of the Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia, Philosophy Subject Advisory Committee.
Dr Carol Collins teaches and researches in the field of social and environmental education at the University of South Australia, and serves as a consultant in Philosophy for Children, has a special interest in ethical inquiry within the Society and Environment Curriculum Area and serves as Chair of the South Australian Association for Philosophy in the Classroom.
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