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George Knight's Philosophy and Education: An Introduction in Christian Perspective had been a classic in its field for more than a quarter of a century. New features of this revised and updated fourth edition make it of even greater usefulness in the educational philosophy classrooms of a new century. These include: 1. An all-new chapter on the Christian teacher in the pu George Knight's Philosophy and Education: An Introduction in Christian Perspective had been a classic in its field for more than a quarter of a century. New features of this revised and updated fourth edition make it of even greater usefulness in the educational philosophy classrooms of a new century. These include: 1. An all-new chapter on the Christian teacher in the public school setting 2. "Points to Ponder" study questions at the end of each chapter 3. New material addressing the latest relevant issues, including the rise of the home school movement, and the relation of the Intelligent Design debate to Christian educational philosophy 4. A fresh, new text design, including call-out highlights of major themes 5. An updated bibliography and references


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George Knight's Philosophy and Education: An Introduction in Christian Perspective had been a classic in its field for more than a quarter of a century. New features of this revised and updated fourth edition make it of even greater usefulness in the educational philosophy classrooms of a new century. These include: 1. An all-new chapter on the Christian teacher in the pu George Knight's Philosophy and Education: An Introduction in Christian Perspective had been a classic in its field for more than a quarter of a century. New features of this revised and updated fourth edition make it of even greater usefulness in the educational philosophy classrooms of a new century. These include: 1. An all-new chapter on the Christian teacher in the public school setting 2. "Points to Ponder" study questions at the end of each chapter 3. New material addressing the latest relevant issues, including the rise of the home school movement, and the relation of the Intelligent Design debate to Christian educational philosophy 4. A fresh, new text design, including call-out highlights of major themes 5. An updated bibliography and references

30 review for Philosophy & Education: An Introduction in Christian Perspective

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    This was an excellent, well-written book outlining the importance of philosophical understanding for educators. The author does an excellent job of surveying the foundations of philosophy, the components of philosophy, and the modern philosophical positions. Then the author connects those philosophical views to our modern educational system including curriculum, methods, etc. The author clearly lays out what a biblical philosophy of education should look like and moves this understanding into ho This was an excellent, well-written book outlining the importance of philosophical understanding for educators. The author does an excellent job of surveying the foundations of philosophy, the components of philosophy, and the modern philosophical positions. Then the author connects those philosophical views to our modern educational system including curriculum, methods, etc. The author clearly lays out what a biblical philosophy of education should look like and moves this understanding into how this philosophy should impact the educator. The author even touches on what a biblical philosophy of education might look like for the educator who is working in the public school system. This was actually an easy read considering the depth of information and the academic writing style. This book helped me think through my own biblical philosophy of education and what that needs to look like for me as a Christian teacher in a Christian school. It is not enough to make claims of being a Christian or state that I have a biblical philosophy of education. What does this look like in my classroom? How does this impact my teaching, my relationships, my curriculum? It must impact every area of my educational experience. If it does not, it is not valid.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gigi

    Although this book was for a class, it is a relatively easy read on educational philosophies through history and the compelling reasons to create one's own educational philosophy based on a Christian foundation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Barry Davis

    Subtitled “An Introduction in Christian Perspective,” the author does an exemplary job of presenting the construct of philosophy, notably as such disciplines relate to education. After providing an overview to the three philosophic issues in education - metaphysics, epistemology, axiology - Knight reviews the primary philosophies in some detail. After noting the limitations of labels, he focuses initially on the traditional views - idealism, realism, and neo-scholasticism - providing a perspecti Subtitled “An Introduction in Christian Perspective,” the author does an exemplary job of presenting the construct of philosophy, notably as such disciplines relate to education. After providing an overview to the three philosophic issues in education - metaphysics, epistemology, axiology - Knight reviews the primary philosophies in some detail. After noting the limitations of labels, he focuses initially on the traditional views - idealism, realism, and neo-scholasticism - providing a perspective and critique from the Christian world view. He follows the same approach in discussing modern philosophies (pragmatism, existentialism), postmodernism, and contemporary theories of education (quite a list, including progressivism, educational humanism, perennialism, essentialism, reconstructionism, futurism, critical pedagogy, behaviorism, educational anarchism, and home schooling). Knight completes this section of his book with a focus on analytical philosophy as it relates to education. The next section of this book makes a strong case for the necessity of building a personal philosophy of education, particularly as Christian educators. Providing a Christian approach to both philosophy and education, Knight provides practical considerations regarding the role of the student and the teacher, consideration of curriculum, methods of teaching, and the social function of Christian education. The author completes this excellent treatment of the subject with the timely question “But what if I teach in a public school?” to guide his final discussion of the challenges and opportunities presented to the Christian educator.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Megan Franks

    For a book on educational philosophy (a hard topic to make engaging and interesting), this was very readable.. I enjoyed how the author explained the history of each philosophy in detail and the major influencers. This book will serve as a good reminder for Christian educators, especially those who grew up in traditional educational environments or attended a secular university for teacher training and may have unknowingly been influenced by philosophies that actually butt heads with philosophie For a book on educational philosophy (a hard topic to make engaging and interesting), this was very readable.. I enjoyed how the author explained the history of each philosophy in detail and the major influencers. This book will serve as a good reminder for Christian educators, especially those who grew up in traditional educational environments or attended a secular university for teacher training and may have unknowingly been influenced by philosophies that actually butt heads with philosophies of Christian education.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roberto Dela

    For my study about my subjects

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luis

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It is a very useful resource as an introduction to philosophy and education.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Good look at the reasons WHY we look at teaching and education the way we do.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Timothy Darling

    Philosophy and Education: An Introduction in Christian Perspective by George R. Knight Philosophy and Education is an overview of the intersection of Christian thinking with Education. Knight begins by taking the reader on a tour of various philosophical perspectives. He then relates those perspectives to educational theory. He surveys the current trends in educational theory with an eye to their philosophical influences. And finally he addresses the question: What does a Christian Worldview and Philosophy and Education: An Introduction in Christian Perspective by George R. Knight Philosophy and Education is an overview of the intersection of Christian thinking with Education. Knight begins by taking the reader on a tour of various philosophical perspectives. He then relates those perspectives to educational theory. He surveys the current trends in educational theory with an eye to their philosophical influences. And finally he addresses the question: What does a Christian Worldview and what might an Educational theory based on that worlview look like. Knight emphasizes the "might" of his survey, expressing that this is one approach. He does, however, emphatically state that a Christian approach cannot be an eclectic smattering of secular practices with Bible classes thrown in to round out the curriculum. Instead he insists that a Christian system must be developed from the ground - up. Such a system acknowledges the general revelatory nature of creation and the importance of the Bible in any system that would be faithful to a Christian worldview. He argues for the integration of Christian ideas especially in History, Literature and philosophical studies. He acknowledges that the intersection grows thinner as the curriculum designer moves toward the more objective sciences. Finally, Knight acknowledges that the teacher in secular schools must temper his or her content with legal restrictions. The strength of Knight's book is the insistance on an integrated system. The weakness is in his leaning too hard on the Bible and not trusting enough the General Revelation truths that he inisists give the broader curriculum a spiritual character. A philosophy that insists "all truth is God's truth" need not directly relate everything to the Bible. In that regard, his outline of a Christian Educational approach looks more like a Bible integration system. This comes across very much like an endorsement of the conservative Christian school movement of the past few decades. In this way, the end of the book seems quited biased and even preconceived. However, an integrated Christian approach would include many of the ideas Knight proposes. It must.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    This is a truly excellent book with regards to the philosophical foundations of various educational systems, and how a Christian ought to build a philosophical foundation for Christian education. As someone who is still getting used to a lot of philosophical fields and nomenclature and such, there were parts of this book that were somewhat difficult to understand/went a bit over my head, but Knight still did an excellent job of explaining a lot of this to me. While I didn't necessarily understan This is a truly excellent book with regards to the philosophical foundations of various educational systems, and how a Christian ought to build a philosophical foundation for Christian education. As someone who is still getting used to a lot of philosophical fields and nomenclature and such, there were parts of this book that were somewhat difficult to understand/went a bit over my head, but Knight still did an excellent job of explaining a lot of this to me. While I didn't necessarily understand everything, that which I did understand was good. Knight made a very effective argument for why Christian education can't look like secular education with a dash of Christianity thrown in; we begin on a very different philosophical footing, and thus our educational system must reflect that. Overall, it did a great job of analyzing philosophies and related educational practices from a Christian perspective, and also functioned as a great introduction for me to various philosophical fields. Rating: 4.5-5 Stars. (Excellent)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Provides an interesting review of how different philosophical perspectives impact educational practices. Some might find it dry and repetitive as the author will offer these philosophies in different settings, i.e. what are the tenets of each of the philosophies according to the broad definitions of epistemology, metaphysics, ontology, and axiology, and where do they fit within their historical context. This book is written from a strong, Christian Worldview perspective. My biggest complaint was Provides an interesting review of how different philosophical perspectives impact educational practices. Some might find it dry and repetitive as the author will offer these philosophies in different settings, i.e. what are the tenets of each of the philosophies according to the broad definitions of epistemology, metaphysics, ontology, and axiology, and where do they fit within their historical context. This book is written from a strong, Christian Worldview perspective. My biggest complaint was that the book only had one chapter that was even remotely relevant for the Christian, public school teacher. Otherwise, I would say it is a must read for all those in Christian education.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    I have been struggling with the idea of what makes an education truly Christian in perspective -- how are Christian schools different than secular schools? I visit private Christian schools and see the same textbooks that are used in the secular schools, I see the same schedules and formats. Where is the distinction? Is it only outward (not even that sometimes)? This book was not a class assignment -- this was a personal reading choice. I found it helpful in clarifying my own thoughts on this iss I have been struggling with the idea of what makes an education truly Christian in perspective -- how are Christian schools different than secular schools? I visit private Christian schools and see the same textbooks that are used in the secular schools, I see the same schedules and formats. Where is the distinction? Is it only outward (not even that sometimes)? This book was not a class assignment -- this was a personal reading choice. I found it helpful in clarifying my own thoughts on this issue.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rosalynd Doneghy

    This was one of two required textbooks for my Educational Philosophy course in graduate school. I loved how the author presented complex philosophical term in a concise and easy to understand manner. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in educational philosophy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Heck

    I CANNOT EVEN BEGIN TO EXPRESS MY FEELINGS. This book is AMAZING for Christian educators/those who are seeking to become Christian educators! This book is comprehensive, easy to read, and SO very helpful. I recommend this to anyone!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Darky

    its a great book

  15. 5 out of 5

    Craig Mattson

    A very good read for educators!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Billie

    An excellent read for anyone going into the field of education.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    An enlightening read. I especially enjoyed the emphasis on metaphysics.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Seth

    As textbooks go, this one is first rate . . . a great reference.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eric Black

    The most concise and comprehensive introductory text available for philosophy o education. Easy to incorporate into a syllabus.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Isther Ides

    inspiring! :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bobo Newton

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sophal Sen

  23. 4 out of 5

    abbie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chanhyung Choi

  25. 5 out of 5

    Schwein

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Heater

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

  28. 4 out of 5

    Roy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Candace Nicholson

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