Education and philosophy go hand-in-hand. Philosophers laid a foundation of educational theories, and set a stepping stone for the modern day education system and educational institutions. This book offers a comprehensive account of the fundamental theories presented by philosophers, and society's role in shaping them. The book begins by explaining theories such as idealism, naturalism, pragmatism, and then moves on to examine the philosophers themselves (Indian and Western) and their contributions to the world of education. The book then explains the contribution of society and community in the development of children. Chapters also explore the role of institutions such as schools, colleges and the home in inculcating values in a child. The concluding chapters examine the concepts of secularism, democracy and national integration vis-a-vis education. Designed for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of education, the book will be equally beneficial for the teachers and educationists.
S. Samuel Ravi, PhD, is working as an Assistant Professor, N.M. Christian College, Marthandam, Tamil Nadu. He has more than two decades of teaching experience in various educational and research institutions, both at the school and college levels. He is the author of two books-Comprehensive Study of Education, and Philosophical and Sociological Bases of Education, published by PHI Learning, Delhi.