This course surveys and analyzes the historical and philosophical ideas that guide educational theory and practice in our schools today.The course focuses on the study of ideas and movements and their developmental effects on current educational settings in the United States and in selected countries abroad.In addition, major consideration is given to Christian philosophical perspectives that are the foundation of Christian school education with attention given to the goals of education, the nature of the learner and learning, the role of the teacher, and the content of curriculum as components of educational philosophy.

This course is designed to enable educators to identify the various philosophical approaches that underlie present day curriculum, so that they may develop their own curriculum theory and also be able to analyze current working curriculum.The evaluation of curricula against biblical principles regarding knowledge, values, teaching, and learning will be emphasized.The components of quality curriculum will be analyzed and skills will be developed in order that the educator may be able to select and adapt programs to accommodate a variety of educational settings and learners.