A philosophy of education

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McGraw-Hill, 1963 - Education - 362 pages
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"A philosophy of Education" By: Herbert Johnston
A Philosophy of Education is a book written by Herbert Johnston (University of Notre Dame) and first published by McGraw-Hall Book Company, New York
. Now, first Indian reprint in 2008 and printed and published in India under an agreement by S.S. Chhabra for Surjeet Publication Kolhapur Road, Kamala Nagar Delhi-110007, India and the ISBN of the book is "I.S.B.N. 81-229-0361-4"
This book is designed to serve as the basis for such a course at either the undergraduate or the graduate level so it has delimitation about the philosophy and other dimension of the approaches. The author says this book is strictly doctrinal rather than historical in character. It is an exposition of a particular philosophy of education, which define conclusions reached on the basis of that what they are sufficient evidence. This book is very significance for the student as questions are asked after the end of each chapter. It is very effective model for our Nepalese contextual phenomena to know and obtained the learning psychology of the students. Social philosophy, including a philosophy of education, does not ask or try to answer the scientific questions thereby the author attempt to make clearer relation among these discipline in first chapter. We can found that many questions are to some degree repetitious; yet even these provide the opportunity for a fresh attack on a problem from another angle. Author says the great advantages of the case method, when carefully conducted it involves the student personally in the work of the course to a greater degree than straight lecturing. In some extent author is trying to apply participatory methodology and class discussion for enhancement of the learning process, which is very useful for empirical pedagogy.
Another educational aim to which special consideration should perhaps be given is that of education of citizenship, especially in view of the frequency with which it is spoken as of the primary aim of the school. Before considering the aims of education, we tried to establish some conclusions concerning the nature of man. Being human we are social beings and are directly or indirectly related to political society. As it is the demand of today's world and that is how we can fulfill our demands. The essence of education does not consist in adapting a potential citizen to the conditions and interactions of social life. In this context the book is very useful for developing the citizenship behavior in the school.
As said in fourth chapter, the reasons why the government should help parents who wish to provide a religious education for their children. Also it is summarized as this event meet for our education strategy that the primary education can be done on their own native language which can be Sherpa, Gurung, Magar, Tamang and other ethnic group in community school.
At last the author raises the evaluation and reports on 'Authority and Discipline', 'Public money for Private school', are very significant and considerable for the policy maker. And to some extent the responsibilities and rights of teacher is most essential for modern educationalist and stakeholders.
By: Yadav Adhikari
PhD Student
Kathmandu University
School of Education


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