The three greatest books on education: how relevant are they today?
2nd Annual Education Studies Conference 2019, Institute of Education, University of Derby.
Wednesday 10 April 2019 11.30-4.30pm, Room: Kirtley Hall
Why should we read the three greatest books on education: Plato’s The Republic; Rousseau’s Émile or On Education and John Dewey’s Democracy and Education? We should because each presents a unique portrait of an education for a particular and better society.
But do they tell us anything about education today? Do these books constitute the intellectual background to any informed discussion of education? What do these books tell us about the importance of ‘knowledge’, ‘democracy’ and ‘nature’ in education and the building of a better society?
Discussing the relevance of these books today will be:
Professor Dennis Hayes, Institute of Education, University of Derby who will be introducing us to Plato’s The Republic
Dr Mark Taylor, Vice-Principal, East London Science School who will discuss Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Émile or On Education
Dr Ruth Heilbronn, University College London, Institute of Education who will talk about John Dewey’s Democracy and Education
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For further information please contact the conference organiser, Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, Programme Leader for Education Studies at the University of Derby, at email@example.com.
We are looking forward to welcoming you on 10 April 2019.
Institute of Education, Kedleston Road Campus, University of Derby, DE22 1GB.
The Battle for Children’s Minds
1st Annual Education Studies Conference 2018, Institute of Education, University of Derby.
Wednesday 11 April 2018 10-4pm, Room: OL2
Traditionally moral education was based upon the belief that children could become autonomous human beings with a set of virtues that enabled them to live good lives and make a positive contribution to their communities.
Today moral education is more about instilling a set of prescribed behaviours under the banner of ‘character education’.
Do we no longer believe children can be autonomous human beings but need to be trained? Have we lost our belief that children can learn moral virtues? Do we even believe that children can be moral?
Our 1st Annual Education Studies Conference has keynote lectures by academics and writers Dr Stephen Law, author of The War for Children’s Minds, and Dr Helene Guldberg, author of Reclaiming Childhood: Freedom and Play in an Age of Fear, who will introduce us to the contemporary battle for children’s minds and morals.
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For further information please contact the conference organiser, Dr Ruth Mieschbuehler, Programme Leader for Education Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am looking forward to welcoming you at the conference.
Institute of Education, University of Derby, Kedleston Road Campus, DE22 1GB