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The Therapy of Education: philosophy, happiness and personal growth

Standish, Paul and Smeyers, Paul and Smith, Richard (2006) The Therapy of Education: philosophy, happiness and personal growth. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 978-0-230-24709-3

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Additional Information: Co-authored with Paul Smeyers (KU Leuven) and Richard Smith (Durham), this book is a philosophical examination of connections between education, therapy and philosophy, related to the following considerations: the emergence of quasi-therapeutic practices in education; the increasing trend amongst those in therapy or counselling to understand their own practice as having educational dimensions; and the persistent idea, which has ancient roots, of philosophy itself as a kind of (educative) therapy. The book draws in examples from literature and film in order to consider these practices in broad terms, including the consideration of formal educational institutions but extending to a broader understanding of education in life as a whole. David Smail, former Special Professor in Clinical Psychology at Nottingham University, writes: the authors 'remind us of a humane culture we seem to have forgotten, and their intelligent and illuminating understanding of the relations between educaton and "therapy" sweeps away many of the absurdities that have over the past two or three decades invaded both. The book is the latest product that extends back over more than ten years. All chapters are sketched, reviewed and revised collaboratively. I wrote chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 15, and co-wrote chapter 14.
Controlled Keywords: Philosophy of education
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Education Foundations and Policy Studies
IOE Departments > Departments > Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2010 16:24
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:07
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/2182
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