Dr. Robert D. Heslep is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. He received graduate degrees in philosophy and philosophy of education from the University of Chicago, and spent most of his academic career at the University of Georgia. Dr. Heslep has published ten books and many articles on questions about society and education, ethics and education, the mind and education, and communication and education. He is past president of the Philosophy of Education Society.
2002 0-7734-7287-8 After a critical discussion of several current positions in educational philosophy, the book focuses on communication, reason, and voluntary action as sources of principles that are integral to philosophy and education. The work applies its foundational principles in two ways. It shows how they compare with the educational views of Social Constructivism and of Critical Theory. It also devotes a chapter-length discussion to several curricular topics likely to be facing educators in the future: higher-order-thinking skills, multicultural education, and higher technology.
2006 0-7734-5630-9 This book, presuming that the makers of policies and everyday decisions on education do not employ an adequate understanding of education, undertakes an extended inquiry into the concept of education embedded in ordinary English discourse. After determining the framework of the conceptual meaning of education, the investigation then examines the logical implications of that meaning for various pertinent issues. Specifically, there are discussions of educability, education and the political order, reasoning as an educational content, and educational teaching. Some of the text relies on references to academic sources, while other parts use examples from pop culture and computer technology. The book’s final chapter is devoted to an application of the findings to some problems likely to be confronted by educational leaders in public schools today.