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  • Philosophy of Education

    The term “philosophy of education” can be defined in two different ways. According to one definition, the philosophy of education carries out a fundamental philosophical analysis of the forms, methods, aims, meaning and importance of education. Another definition of the term describes or analyzes specific methods of pedagogy.

    To put it briefly, the philosophy of education examines how the field of education has connections with the wider sociocultural and philosophical contexts in which it is placed.

    Types of Philosophies of Education

    There are three main types of philosophies of education – student-centered, teacher-centered and society-centered.

    Progressivism (developing a student’s moral compass), Humanism (allowing a student to develop to their fullest potential) and Constructivism (using education to form a student’s world-view) are three examples of student-centered philosophies of education.

    Examples of teacher-centered philosophies of education include Essentialism (teaching basic skills needed to survive in society) and Perennialism (teaching of great works).

    Society-centered examples of education include Reconstructionism (using education to solve social problems) and Behaviorism (cultivating socially beneficial behaviors.)

    The Importance of Philosophy of Education in Pedagogy

    In pedagogy, when an individual or a group adheres to a philosophy of education, it means they have a clearly defined set of beliefs, values and opinions regarding education. This constitutes an organized body of knowledge whose theories are put into practice. The philosophy of education that is subscribed to by a school, dictates the subjects or topics, as well as the values and beliefs that students are taught within the core curriculum. This philosophy defines and directs its goals and focus and inspires educational planning.

    It is often recommended that the philosophy of education should be a part of teacher education. This is because teachers act as mentors who help their students learn to think independently. However, this is only possible when teachers abide by a teaching philosophy of their own, which they use to inspire their students.

    The essays in this list examine the philosophy of education from a variety of perspectives.

  • Philosophy of Education

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    Philosophy of Education missing works cited The Education process is one that gradually proceeds throughout life, greatly in early years and really never stops. There will always be something someone has not learned. Knowledge is a powerful tool. One of the most well-known educators in the 20th Century, Christa McAuliffe, before her tragic death said, “I touch the future, I teach.” As an educator you seek to influence each of your students. A goal, common to many new and old teachers;

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    Philosophy of Education On October 20, 2001 I had the greatest dream. From this dream, I came to the realization that I would become an educator. I’ve always felt that the hardest decision to make is what to do for the rest of your life. My life was heading on a different road in a completely different direction. After being down this road for nearly three years, I discovered that I was not satisfied with my initial career choice. The road led me to Concord College. My educational plan

  • Philosophy on education

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    The philosophy that I feel the strongest connection to is Progressivism. In my educational journey the teachers that have made the most significant impact have been progressive. From K-12, I had two teachers who used the progressivism method and the lessons that I learned from them are still with me today. The progressive teachers express more individuality and creativity than others. Progressive educators relate material to real-life experiences that the learner can relate to. They generally conduct

  • Philosophy of Education

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    Philosophy of Education In this paper, I wish to discuss my beliefs for education. These beliefs include my philosophy in a general manner, and the reasons why I want to become an educator. In this paper I will also describe what my furture classroom will look like, and how my classroom will be run. I also discuss my views on education reform in conclusion. I have found that my philosophy of education is a combination of two philosophies. They are Idealism and Realism. I also agree with

  • Philosophy of Education

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    Philosophy of Education I want to become a teacher. I must be out of my mind. At least that is what I am told by almost everyone when I tell him or her my plans for the future. Maybe I should become a doctor, lawyer, or own a business. No, I am going to fulfill my dream that I have had since I was in elementary school. I always ask a question to answer, “Why do you want to be a teacher? Are you out of your mind?” I ask who shapes the minds of the children of these doctors, lawyers, and businessmen

  • Philosophy of Education

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    Philosophy of Education There comes a definite time in the life of every individual when a clear and conscious comprehension of identity must be established. A person must ask himself who he is, what his personal strengths are, and what path he wishes to pursue in order to shape his future and procure his dreams. I recently found myself at such a crossroads, and I faced the decision with much ambivalence. I was influenced by my high school peers and instructors to do something “incredible” with

  • Philosophy of Education

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    Philosophy of Education Educating children profoundly affects their lives and influences the life of anyone who comes into contact with those children. Education provides a foundation for a child to base the rest of his or her life on. Without a solid education, it becomes impossible for an individual to provide for themselves and their family. Also, well-educated people can make decisions that benefit both their own interests and the interests of society as a whole. In this paper, I will

  • education and philosophies

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    In light of this course, I would say that my philosophy of education has changed. My first paper, in retrospect, reads almost like a fantasy of what teaching should be like. I think in this aspect I have matured enough to realize that everything in this profession is not "Disney" material. There are going to be students who do not follow directions, and worse who don't care about succeeding at all. I would feel responsible for these children if I thought that there was a chance to help them. Unfortunately

  • Philosophy of Education

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    Philosophy of Education “Be all that you can be. Find your future- as a teacher.” No, joining the army is not what Madeline Fuchs Holzer had in mind when she said this quote. Being all you can be in life requires dedication, responsibility and a desire to do what you love. Teaching is a profession that requires 110% from a person. I have the drive and ability to be the best that I can be as a teacher. There is not anything else I would want to do with my life besides teaching. I want