Archive for the ‘Philosophy of Education’ Category

    The term ‘critical thinking’ is often used in modern educational discourse. In the NCF 2005, for instance, it is mentioned more than 25 times.[1] But what is critical thinking? Is it possible to define it? And what about indoctrination? Can we list the necessary and sufficient conditions for it? Critical Thinking Philosophical accounts of critical thinking usually include the following key dimensions: (i) Normativity: It is seen as a ‘good’ form   Read More ...

    Just before the 2nd Philosophy of Education Conference hosted by Azim Premji University, in May 2014, I received an email from Prakash asking if we could conduct a set of interviews with the speakers at the conference. Though I was initially unsure, one thing led to another and I am glad that Jagjot, Prakash and I finally did manage to do a series of interviews with speakers such as Stephen H.   Read More ...

    Elizabeth Rata is an Associate Professor in the School of Critical Studies in Education, University of Auckland. She was invited earlier this year, by the Azim Premji Foundation and University to present a paper titled Epistemic Knowledge and Democratic Politics in the 2nd International Seminar on Philosophy of Education, as well as to give to give public lectures and hold interactive sessions on the politics of knowledge in education. Following is the transcript of   Read More ...

    Textbooks have historically been seen as storehouse of information and knowledge. Their ‘over-use’ however, has also drawn heavy criticism in the recent past from many educators who see textbooks as ‘being closed, stifling creativity, leading to teachers’ lack of autonomy and promoting an emaciated view of knowledge’. In this provocative talk, Rohit Dhankar, Professor of Philosophy at Azim Premji University, Bangalore attempts to distinguish between understanding, information and knowledge and   Read More ...

    July 2016 Update: Azim Premji University is inviting papers for the 6th Philosophy of Education Conference to be held from 9th to 11th January 2016 at Bengaluru. This year, the theme of the conference is Educational Theory and Practice and the last date for paper submissions is 31st October, 2017.  Click here for details. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –   Read More ...

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