Educational history, sociology and philosophy

Education is a social process - always. It involves social institutions, culture, and social resources. These are central themes of sociology. Education always involves values and dilemmas, both in making curricula and in designing methods of teaching. It involves science, art and ways of being in the world. These are major themes of philosophy. Education continues over time, linking our society to its past and to its future. It creates capacities for practice that transform the social arrangements that have come to us from the past. These are central issues in history. Education is, therefore, a field that links to, and draws from, knowledge across the disciplines of the social sciences and humanities.