Fall 2019 - EDUC 250 D100

Studies in the History of Education in the Western World (3)

Class Number: 5754

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SECB 1014, Burnaby



A study of major trends in educational practice from antiquity to the present. May be applied towards the certificate in liberal arts. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


We do not, it seems to me, study the history of education merely for its possible value in avoiding mistakes, in recognizing the inefficiencies of the monitorial system, for example, or the parochialism of ecclesiastical education, or the fragility of academic freedom, though history can have such value. We study history to become aware of our presuppositions and commitments in education by examining the origin of those presuppositions and commitments.

Larry Cremin, "American Education: Some Notes Toward a New History."

We will examine a variety of ideas and practices in the field of education in order to understand how our current educational system has developed from these ideas. We will focus on how our conception of education has changed throughout time and examine what has been gained and what has been lost with these changing conceptions. To this end we will examine the ideas and practices of the ancient Greeks, medieval education, Renaissance and Enlightenment ideals, the influence of Romanticism, the scientific revolution, Piaget and psychology, and progressive education.


  • Class Discussion 10%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Short Paper 30%
  • Final Paper 40%


Attendance is compulsory and students will be expected to participate in class discussions.



Gutek, Gerald L. (1995) A History of the Western Educational Experience (2nd edition). Long Grove: Waveland Press, Inc.
ISBN: 0881338184

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