Question the nature and purpose of education. Critically evaluate conflicting ideas around the nature of education, including the ‘hows and whys’ of education. Then apply these perspectives to contemporary educational issues and contexts.
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This subject examines the nature and purpose of education. The subject explores different philosophical perspectives towards the following questions: What is education? Why do we educate? How should we educate? Its goal is to critically evaluate conflicting educational ideas, and in the process, sharpen students’ analytical and philosophical capabilities. By grappling with fundamental philosophical questions, students will engage with theoretical and practical problems of contemporary education, such as, views about human nature, society, moral development, diversity/multiculturalism, student abilities, learning theories and pedagogies of competition and cooperation.
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