Medieval Islamic educational theory

This week in 901 is Medieval education. My focus was on Islamic educational theory, primarily drawn from:

Gunther, S. (2006). Be Masters in That You Teach and Continue to Learn: Medieval Muslim Thinkers on Educational Theory. Comparative Education Review, 50(3), 367–388.

Big Ideas/Key Themes

  • Lifelong learning

  • Must address ethical conduct of students

  • Linking reason/rationality with values, character, the Divine, “whole” child

  • Teacher responsibility to bestow values and desire of good

  • Built on Greeks’ work, adapted into Islamic theory

  • Pedagogy informed by theologians, jurists, scientists, mystics, and philosophers - not educators

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