Educational Philosophy in Pharmacy Education: Starting the Dialogue

Evan T Robinson


Education is a changing environment driven by the goals to improve the learner's educational ecperience. Pharmacy education has demonstrated this vast number of publications and presentations at various meetings on issues related to teaching and learning. These scholarly contributions all suggest the personally held philosophical beliefs  about education but from various philosophical perspectives ranging from K-12 models to adult education. The intent of this manuscript is to provide a primer on educational philosophy using one particular model, the three philosophy using one particular model, the three philosophical orientations of Juergen Habermas, in the hopes of fostering a dialogue within pharmaceutical education about education. This will be accomplished by defining a common language whereby pharmacy educators can discuss their beliefs, values and assumptions about education with clarity and in a common language.


Pharmacy education; Dialogue; K-12 models; Educational philosophy

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