Philosophy of Education

About This Guide

This guide presents the resources the education librarian considers to be the most important academic databases to search, the leading journals to follow, and so forth. You’ll also find some tips to help you evaluate sources, organize your work, and accomplish your literature review.

If you are new to this topic, you may want to begin by finding background information through an encyclopedia such as Wikipedia or Britannica Online, though in most cases it is not appropriate to cite these in a college-level paper. Anyone can contribute content in Wikipedia – so watch out for biased viewpoints, incomplete or simply incorrect material.


Use these databases to discover articles, books, and other literature on your topic. Note that if you come across a citation without full text attached, do not assume the library has no access. Learn this nearly foolproof way to Get the Full Text of an Article.

Two largest:

BU Libraries Search
Our Search represents by far the most comprehensive grouping of resources we’ve ever been able to provide. You can find extensive search tips on our site, build an eShelf, and export citations to RefWorks.

Google Scholar
Off-campus users need to set two “Scholar Preferences” to take advantage of library subscriptions: type “Boston University” in Library Links and also choose RefWorks next to Bibliography Manager.

Other important databases:

America, history and life (Online)
ATLA religion database (Online)
Education full text (H.W. Wilson)
Philosopher’s index (Online)


The best way to discover articles is to search databases (try Search) – you will be searching millions of records at once. But following journal literature periodically is still a very important aspect of scholarship. Depending on the provider, you may be able to set up Table of Contents alerts, save personalized searches, or even contribute to the editorial process.

Find each title below through our Search. The following journals are leading in this field.

Educational Philosophy and Theory
Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy
Journal of Social Philosophy
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal
Philosophy of Music Education Review
Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Studies in Philosophy and Education


Discovering our print books and eBooks can be done through Search. Additionally, for more comprehensive literature reviews I suggest going beyond what BU already owns by using WorldCat. Current members of the BU community can borrow books that we don’t own through our interlibrary borrowing services. Other important book tools include the Internet Archive, Google Books, and of course

Subject Headings

      Education — Philosophy


    Education — United States — Philosophy

Selected List of Titles

Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement : A Biography

Mugar LC2851.M72 J45 2012

A Critical Realist Perspective of Education

Mugar LB14.7 .S5317 2011

Education Reconfigured : Culture, Encounter, and Change

Mugar LC199 .M37 2011

John Dewey’s Philosophy of Education : An Introduction and Recontextualization for our Times

Mugar LB875.D5 G37 2012

Kant’s Conception of Pedagogy : Toward Education for Freedom

Mugar LB575.K3 M86 2012

Radical Education and the Common School : A Democratic Alternative

Mugar LB1027 .F45 2011

What Is Education?

Mugar LB14.7 .J33 2012


Websites and eTexts