Task 4: What is My Philosophy of Education?
- Read the content section on Philosophy of Education. Look at links to help you dig deeper. Think about your own beliefs about teaching and learning. In writing, discuss which of the philosophies of education and the learning orientations are closest to you? Why? Which do not fit with your philosophy of education and learning? Why?
- Examine the chart Philosophy and Education Continuum. In one or two paragraphs, discuss how the branches of philosophy (metaphysics, epistemology, and/or axiology) are related to the world view philosophies, philosophies of education, and learning theories.
- Take the Educational Philosophies Self-Assessment. Score yourself using the Educational Philosophies Self-Assessment Scoring Guide.
- Discuss what you learned about yourself in taking this assessment and thinking about your educational philosophy. Were there any discrepancies between your original ideas about which educational philosophy fit you (part B above) and results on the Self-Assessment? Could the instrument be inaccurate in picking up your true philosophy of education? What does your philosophical orientation imply for how you will teach? Discuss. Then submit Parts A through D to the instructor.
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