Classical Philosophy Foundations of Vocational Education Research Paper by CalDR

Classical Philosophy Foundations of Vocational Education
This paper reviews classical and current philosophy to discover if modern vocational education is fostered by formal education and to discover the ways to establish an equitable system of vocational training.
# 28321 | 10,360 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 24, 2003 in Education (General) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper asks the most basic philosophical question concerning vocational education, whether or not it is legitimate to educate with the primary goal of preparing an individual for the workplace. After reviewing the words of several philosophers, the author finds three themes: Vocational education is for an inferior breed of man, education is for the edification of the individual and for the benefit of society and the true goal of education is to develop man's natural talents, affinities, and inclinations. The paper concludes that the review of philosophy has soundly directed the argument towards framing vocational education as based on both definitions of vocation, a preparation for occupation based entirely on the individual student's actual calling in life and natural inclinations.

Table of Contents
Definitions, Questions, and Problems
Defining the Liberal and/or Civic Education
Vocational Education Defined
The Socio-historical Approach to Vocation
Rephrasing the Question.
The Philosopher's Approach Education and Vocation
Plato on Education and the Socratic Dialogue
Aristotle's Moral and Vocational Training
Hobbes: Brutish Education for a Better World
Rousseau: The Free Spirited Child and a Liberal Education
Locke: Stifle Poetry and Educate Paupers
Adam Smith
Jefferson's Meritocratic Education
Neitzsche: Self-Will, the Overman and Vocational Education
Summary of Issues

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