General Education according to Theodore Brameld: from the Past to the Future

Hanna Kostyło, Piotr Kostyło



The article presents the understanding of general education in Theodore Brameld’s social reconstructionism. After giving a short sketch of basic information on reconstructionism in the introduction, the authors focus on the relations between education and culture in perennialism and reconstructionism. The main issues analyzed in the text are the frontier areas in educational theory and practice; that is, the disciplines of knowledge indispensable for comprehensive understanding of education. Acquiring of that knowledge constitutes, according to Brameld, the base of general education in teachers’ preparation for work. The article ends with emphasizing the originality of Brameld’s attitude to general education.


reconstructionism; perennialism; culture; education; teachers

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