Philosophy

In the academic sense philosophy can be defined as, “the philosophical study of education and its problems, its central subject matter is education, and its methods are those of philosophy”. People often consider philosophy of education to be the philosophy of the process of education. However some people also think of it as the philosophy of the discipline of education often relating to the goals, forms, means and methodologies or even the outcome and efficiency of the process of teaching & learning. At times it is also considered to be metadisciplinary as it revolves round the formulation and clarity of concepts, goals and methodologies of the discipline. In a wider sense, it is actually included in the field of education as well as applied philosophy. It validates its theories by seeking insights from various fields such as metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology and complements it with philosophical approaches like speculation, perception and analysis. This wider approach aims to answer queries related to pedagogy. They also help in any queries and reservations which may arise in the formulation of education policies, syllabus and the actual process of learning as well. For instance, it often observes and conducts extensive research on the various factors detrimental to positive upbringing & education. Besides this it also focuses on the various value systems and norms which are the result of our upbringing and education. It also highlights the limitations of education and tries to ensure that education is legitimized as an academic stream and the theory & practice goes hand in hand.