A Review of ‘An Introduction to Philosophy of Education’ by J. A. Akinpelu

International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume II, Issue IX, September 2018 | ISSN 2454–6186

A Review of ‘An Introduction to Philosophy of Education’ by J. A. Akinpelu

Elvis Omondi Kauka

Department of Educational Foundations, University of Kabianga, Kenya


The late Professor Emeritus Jones Adelayo Akinpelu(1936-2010) was an enthusiastic Philosopher of Education who earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics from the University of Ibadan in 1961, Master of Arts Degree in 1963 from the University of London and Doctor of Philosophy Degree in 1970 from Columbia University (Aboraside, 2010). It is further indicated by Aboraside (2010) that Akinpelu spent his entire life as “University Teacher”; at the University of Ibadan between 1963 and1967 and between 1972 and 1992. He also lectured at the University of Ife, 1967-1972. He had unique curiosity towards “Philosophy of Education and as a result he had a significant breakthrough as one of the leading Philosophers of Education in Africa. At the University of Ibadan, he served as Head of Department of Adult Education, Director of Extra-Mural Studies, Dean, Faculty of Education, Pioneer Coordinator General Studies, Professor and Pioneer Provost, College of Education. Professor Akinpelu was also the Foundation Professor/ Director, Center for Continuing Education, University of Botswana, Gaborone, 1994-1999.He was an astute member of the American based Philosophy of Education Society. In 2013 the late professor was posthumously honored for having been the best student of Bachelor of Education by the University of Ibadan (University of Ibadan, 2013). In 1981, Macmillan Publishers (London) published his “An introduction to Philosophy of Education. The book was reprinted in 1984. Its second edition appeared in 1987 followed by another reprint in1988. An introduction to Philosophy of education is one the few books by Professional Philosophers of Education in Africa that is worth the attention of both instructors and students of Education. Akinpelu was among the first generation of African Professional Philosophers of education.

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