- Introduction: Philosophy of Education and Philosophy
- The Epistemic Aims of Education
- Moral and Political Aims of Education
- Tagore, Dewey, and the Imminent Demise of Liberal Education
- Thinking, Reasoning, and Education
- Why Fallibility Has Not Mattered and How It Could
- Educating for Authenticity: The Paradox of Moral Education Revisited
- The Development of Rationality
- Philosophy and Developmental Psychology: Outgrowing the Deficit Conception of Childhood
- Socratic Teaching and Socratic Method
- Educating the Practical Imagination: A Prolegomena
- Caring, Empathy, and Moral Education
- Kantian Moral Maturity and the Cultivation of Character
- The Persistence of Moral Skepticism and the Limits of Moral Education
- Values Education
- Curriculum and the Value of Knowledge
- Education, Democracy, and Capitalism
- Art and Education
- Science Education, Religious Toleration, and Liberal Neutrality toward the Good
- Constructivisms, Scientific Methods, and Reflective Judgment in Science Education
- Empirical Educational Research: Charting Philosophical Disagreements in an Undisciplined Field
- Educating for Individual Freedom and Democratic Citizenship: In Unity and Diversity There Is Strength
- Mapping Multicultural Education
- Educational Authority and the Interests of Children
- Pragmatist Philosophy of Education
- Feminist Philosophy and Education
- Postmodernism and Education
Abstract and Keywords
This article evaluates extant philosophical critiques of educational research and discusses the scientific status, current state, and future promise of such research. It provides a more nuanced overview than is often given of the research terrain and its intellectual and methodological disputes. It discusses the problem of selecting exemplary research, the scope of educational research, the politicization of research methodology and the role of philosophers of education on educational research.
D. C. Phillips is Professor Emeritus of Education, and by courtesy of Philosophy, at Stanford University. He is a member of the National Academy of Education, and has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He is the author, most recently, of Postpositivism and Educational Research (with N. Burbules, 2000) and The Expanded Social Scientist's Bestiary (2000), and the editor of Constructivism in Education (the 99th Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, 2000).
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