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Boston University (Boston, MA 02215-1300)
Peter Gibbon (Project Director: March 2013 to January 2015)

Seminars for K-12 Educators
Education Programs

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$104,467 (approved)
$99,613 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2013 – 9/30/2014

Philosophers of Education: Major Thinkers from the Enlightenment to the Postmodern Era

A three-week school teacher seminar for sixteen participants to study influential philosophers of education from the eighteenth century to the present.

This Seminar will study works of major educational thinkers. Starting with the Enlightenment, it will explore John Locke's Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Thomas Jefferson's letters, and Jean Jacques Rousseau's Emile; move on to Horace Mann's Reports on Education, William James' Talks to Teachers on Psychology, and John Dewey's The School and Society; study the debate between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois over African-American education; and analyze Maria Montessori's The Montessori Method. We will also consider critics of Progressive education. The Seminar will conclude with works by contemporary philosophers: Howard Gardner's The Disciplined Mind and E. D. Hirsch's The Schools We Need. The overarching goals will be to introduce participants to debates among significant philosophers of education, to understand the connections among their ideas, and to articulate ways their theories are relevant to K-12 educators today.