Ibn Khaldoun

Theories on Education with Reflections on Problem-Based Learning Strategies

in Anthropology of the Middle East
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  • 1 King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
  • 2 King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
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Ibn Khaldoun is the recognised founder of sociology. We propose that he is also the father of education and education methodology. We reflect on how close and relevant his educational theories are to contemporary educational strategies. He emphasises three stages of teaching and abhors coercion in education. Developing the interest of the pupil in the craft that he is studying is the central theme of good education. Ibn Khaldoun describes the influence of 'emotional intelligence' as an important component of educational and personal development, and he rejects the idea that intelligence is ethnically determined.

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