For each 'thinker' we provide a brief outline of their contribution, some examples of their writing, details of biographies, and links to other websites. For a view of where they fit in see history. The selection is a mixed bag and, as ever, we welcome your feedback and suggestions.



These pages explore the contributions of some of the thinkers central to the development of the theory and practice of lifelong learning and informal education.


Further resources

Another good starting point is the excellent The History of Education Page compiled by Henk van Setten.

UNESCO – Thinkers on Education - In 1993 and 1994, Prospects: Quarterly review of comparative education published a series of profiles of 100 ‘famous educators-philosophers, statesmen, politicians, journalists, psychologists, poets, men of religion’ -drawn from many parts of the world. They are now available in PDF format in English, French and Spanish.