COURSE OUTLINE FOR TFD 201 Philosophy of Education
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Start Date: 
Tue, 2015-01-20 13:49 - Mon, 2015-04-20 13:49




12th JANUARY- 24th APRIL 2015


Course Description:

Genesis and development of philosophical thought in Europe, Asia and Africa. Philosophical principles of the greatest (Budhism, Confucianisim, & Hinduism). African philosophy and education philosophical schools of idealism, realism, pragmatism, analytic philosophy and existentialism. Philosophies of Education – essentialism, perennialism, behaviourism, humanism, reconstructionism, progressivism and Marxism and their influence of education in Kenya.

WK. No.         DATES                                  TOPIC                                   LECTURER

1.         12TH – 16TH JANUARY 2015            1) Genesis and Dev. of Philosophical thought       KILI

               2)   Content areas of Technical Philosophy                                      

2.         19TH – 23RD  JANUARY 2015          1)   Content Areas of Technical Philosophy (Contd)       KILI           

              2)    Methods of technical philosophy                                              


3.             26TH – 30TH JANUARY 2015            1) The Concepts of Education and POE                            KILI                                                                                            2) Importance of Studying POE


4.             2ND – 6TH FEBRUARY 2015            African Philosophy and Education                                  KILI                      


5              9TH  – 13TH FEBRUARY 2015            Oriental Philosophies and Education                                KILI  




6.            16TH  – 20TH FEBRUARY 2015            Analytic Philosophy                                                       KILI                                      


7.           23RD – 27TH FEBRUARY 2015            Idealism and Realism                                                   EDALIA


8.           2ND – 6TH MARCH  2015                    Pragmatism and Existentialism                                        EDALIA      


9.           9TH  – 13TH MARCH  2015              Progressivism                                                                EDALIA                                            


10.       16TH  – 20TH MARCH  2015           Behaviourism and  Reconstructionism               EDALIA                                                                                                                           


11.          23RD – 27TH MARCH 2015            Perenialism and Essentialism                                            EDALIA                                             


12.          30TH MARCH – 3RD APRIL 2015 Marxism and education                                                  EDALIA


13.       6TH – 10TH APRIL 2015              Revision                                                 ALL

14-15.13TH – 24TH APRIL 2015              Examinations                                       ALL



Write a documented term paper on any ONE of the following topics:

1. Genesis of philosophical thought

2. General philosophy and technical philosophy

3. Methods of philosophy and education

4. Concept of education

5.  Philosophy of education and teacher education

6. African philosophy and education

7. Buddhism and education

8. Confucianism and education

9. Hinduism and education

10. Idealism and education

11. Realism and education

12. Pragmatism and education

13. Existentialism and education

14. Perenialism and education

15. Essentialism and education

16. Progressivism and education

16. Behaviourism and education

17. Humanism and education

18. Reconstructionism and education

19. Comparison of Oriental philosophy and Western philosophy

20. Pre-Socratic cosmologists and education

Writing Term Paper.

Start the topic of discussion by an introduction. Let the introduction be clear, precise and relevant to the topic. After introduction, your work must be arranged in clearly titled themes or sub-topics and have conclusion at the end. The paper should have a table of contents showing clearly page(s) where each theme is discussed. Arrange your work in logical paragraphs. For every paragraph there must be a main sentence usually known as topic sentence. The topic sentence is backed up by relevant information that coherently explains an issue. Let every paragraph end with a sentence linking it to the next paragraph.

The paper length should be between 2500 and 3000 words, whether typed or handwritten.  Write or type only on one side of the paper. On the cover of your paper, write the topic title clearly, your name, registration number, mobile phone No., the unit code, the name of the unit, and the date of submission. It is advisable you use file covers so that the paper is securely bound.

 The term paper will be marked following the guideline below.

Marking Guideline for Term Paper

Work layout from cover to references                                                            2 marks

Precise and relevant introduction                                                                  4 marks

Appropriate themes/ sub-topics and readability                                             10 marks

Appropriate in-text referencing and quotations                                              6 marks

Appropriate conclusion                                                                                   4 marks

Adequate and formatted references                                                                4 marks

TOTAL                                                                                                             30 MARKS

In order to get relevant information, use books and the Internet. Information from the Internet is to be edited and never to be presented in the term paper in the manner it has been downloaded. Use American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing Style, which you can download from the Internet.

Some References/Sources

Akinpelu, J.(1981). An Introduction to Philosophy of Education. London: Macmillan.


Chukwu, C.N. (2002). Introduction to Philosophy in an African Perspective. Eldoret: Zapf

Chancery Research Consultants


Njoroge, R. and Bennaars, G. (1986). Education and Philosophy in Africa. Nairobi: Transafrica Press


Ochieng’-Odhiambo, F. (1995). African Philosophy. Nairobi: Consolata Institute of Philosophy.


Oruka, H.O. (1990). Trends in Contemporary African Philosophy. Nairobi: Shirikin Publishers.


Oruka, H.O. (1997). Practical Philosophy: In Search of an Ethical Minimum. Nairobi: East African

            Educational Publishers.


Osabutey-Aguedze, I.D. (1990). The Principles Underlying the African Religion and Philosophy: A Text

            Book on the Aesthetics of the Blackman. Nairobi: Mailu Publishing House.


Knight, G.R. (91998). Issues and Alternatives in Educational Philosophy. Michigan: Andrews University



Muller, M. (1952). Indian Philosophy. Calcutta: Susil Gupta


For further information contact:

 Dr.Atieno Kili K’Odhiambo Mobile Phone No. 0724750739 or 734698560

               or or


Contact Person: 
Dr. Lewis Ngesu