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Philosophy & Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

Graduate Study in Philosophy and Education

The Philosophy and Education Program provides an opportunity for educators to broaden and deepen their understanding of the processes and aims of education through inquiry into the fields of aesthetics, ethics and moral philosophy, social and political philosophy, and epistemology and the philosophy of science. Study of a variety of historical and conceptual frameworks enables students to develop theoretical perspectives on education and to effectively analyze and critique arguments in contemporary educational debates.

Students in the program in philosophy and education have four degree options. Each degree has specific requirements, reflecting the respective nature, purposes, and value of the degree for the student's subsequent career.

Recent dissertations include studies of equity in access to education, Max Weber's conception of education, mindfulness and meditation in education, conceptions of childhood in philosophy and literature, the educational philosophy of Jane Addams, the use of reflective teacher narratives in teacher education, cosmopolitanism and education, the nature of authentic learning, and human rights education in light of Kant's moral philosophy.

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