Herbart, Johann F.

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Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776–1841), a German philosopher and a student of philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte, is considered a foundational figure in the history of educational philosophy. Over the past two centuries, since the time of his major work on education The Science of Education (Allgemeine Pädagogik; 1806), his thinking has had a profound influence on educational philosophy and educational reform worldwide. This entry thematizes three central components of Herbart’s philosophy of education: his twofold concept of education and its connection to his practical philosophy; his concept of perfectibility; and his notion of pedagogical tact, especially as it relates to teacher education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy
EditorsD.C. Phillips
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781483346229
ISBN (Print)9781452230894
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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