A textbook continues to be one of the major variables that vitally conditions the teaching-learning process. It generates educative interactions between the learner and the learner, as also between the learner and the teacher. It may be used for learning in advance of the classroom instructions, for enriching the learning, for revision and reinforcement of the previous learning. The merit and utility of understanding the educational thoughts and practices of the masterminds (both Western and Indian) cannot be overemphasised. This is the raison d etre of this book, which is written with experience-centred approach. The book studies leading Educational Thinkers of the West as well as that of India viz., Plato, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich August Froebel, Dr. Maria Montessori, John Dewey, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Aurobindo Ghosh, Dr. Mohammad Iqbal, and Dr. Zakir Hussain. The book would be highly useful for students of Education at the undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels. Contents 1. Plato 2. Jean Jacques Rousseau 3. Friedrich August Froebel 4. Dr. Maria Montessori 5. John Dewey 6. Rabindranath Tagore 7. Mahatma Gandhi 8. Aurobindo Ghosh 9. Dr. Mohammad Iqbal 10. Dr. Zakir Hussain About the Author(s) Prof. V.R. Taneja, M.A. (English & History), after his gold-medalist academic career, earned his Research Degree in Education with distinction from the University of London and won Holroyed TyDeman Prize. He has long experience of teaching education in the capacity of Principal, College of Education, Jullundhar and Chandigarh. He remained for a pretty long time Professor and Head, Department of Education, Panjab University, Chandigarh and retired as a Dean, Faculty of Education, Jammu University, Jammu in 1981. Prof. Taneja was closely associated with the educational schemes and programmes launched by U.G.C., N.C.E.R.T. and served as an expert in the Selection Committees of U.P.S.C. He has authored more than a dozen books in Education and published about a hundred of articles and papers in reputed journals.
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