Author(s)

Emad FrancisFollow

Department

School of Education

Degree

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Chair

Samuel J Smith

Primary Subject Area

Education, General; Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Education, Vocational; Education, History of; Religion, General

Keywords

Augustine, CRITICAL PEDAGOGY, NEO-SCHOLASTICISM, Theory

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Methods | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

Abstract

Augustinian thoughts have been widely revered for their great influence on the development of Western philosophy. While most of St. Augustine's ideas were adapted in various fields of modern thought, his ideas on education have been rarely discussed. In reality, one should recognize that St. Augustine, being one of the greatest teachers of the church and a towering figure in all ages of Western philosophy, had implicitly detailed in his works and portrayed in his colorful life important ideas of teaching on education. Although this may be open for arguments and debate, this study set out to examine Augustinian ideas on education. This study used theoretical and qualitative research and employed content analysis. It must be noted, though, that this study presents analysis of Augustinian philosophy based only on the subject of educational pedagogy supported by relational analysis with critical pedagogy. Significantly, this study sought credible evidence from St. Augustine's works that may reveal the presence of relation of his teachings on education to critical pedagogy. Through content analysis, this study concludes that although St. Augustine did not write a book on education, Augustinian thoughts contain a clear pedagogy on education, and some of his teachings point toward the same directions wherein critical pedagogy is situated with regard to its theoretical positions.