Education from a Whiteheadian Point of View: Process, Rhythm, and Poiesis

The basic aims of contemporary thinking in education are to cultivate a proper comprehension of the meaning and purpose of education and the role of the teacher, and to develop adequate theoretical and methodological frameworks that combine some of the positive sides of the leading theories, while avoiding their disadvantages. Toward these ends, one excellent candidate for consideration is Alfred North Whitehead’s (1861-1947) process-relational philosophy of education, as set forth in The Aims of Education (1929) and elsewhere. The contributors to this volume analyze Whitehead’s philosophy of education in a detailed and critical fashion, including inquiring into the development of cycle-based approaches to education, like Whitehead’s, in intellectual history as well as its potential objective bases. They also demonstrate how this relates to, and can be integrated with, other leading theories of education and contemporary pedagogical thinking, and identify avenues for its positive, practical application in schooling across the globe as well as in scientific research. The book further critically evaluates current educational practices and the organization of educational institutions in this light and the effectiveness of teaching strategies that are founded upon some of its principles, while also exploring the ramifications of its selection and application in education for society in general, as well as for our common civilizational aspirations, including humanity’s addressing of global problems, such as the ecological crisis. In addition, the volume also serves to lay some of the groundwork for its potential further development.

This book is part of a series. View the full series, "European Studies in Process Thought", here.

Vesselin Petrov is a Professor and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. His fields of research include process-relational philosophy, metaphysics, ontology, applied ontology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mathematics.

Adam C. Scarfe is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. His areas of research include process-relational philosophy, philosophy of biology, applied ethics, philosophy of education, and Continental philosophy.

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ISBN: 1-5275-3148-1

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-3148-2

Release Date: 2nd April 2019

Pages: 472

Price: £61.99