Educational Theory in American Schools: Philosophy in Action. Chapter 10. Teacher Centered Educational Theories.
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Focus of learning: transmit the cultural heritage and develop good citizens. Schools are places where children come to learn what they need to know and the teacher is the person who can best instruct students in essential matters
A social theory that limits truth and knowledge to what is observable and measurable
Auguste Comte (1798-1857)…three historical periods…theological era, things explained in reference to spirits and gods…metaphysical era, things explained in terms of causes, essences, inner principles…positive period, thinkers did not attempt to go beyond observable, measurable fact