After completing a masters degree, I have developed a more thorough philosophy of education. It is my intention to share this philosophy piece by piece. Today will be more of an introduction to my philosophy. Feel free to chime in!
One of the major theories taught by credential programs today is the theory of multiple intelligences. Educators are trained to understand and identify learning styles in order to best adapt their curriculum to each child’s needs. Just as students have different learning styles, educators have different teaching styles. The way an educator views education, their students, themselves, the curriculum, and the classroom are due to the educator’s personal philosophy of education. As an educator, I think it is important to not only evaluate your personal experiences when developing your philosophy of education, but to research the philosophies associated with education.
After studying perrenialism, essentialism, progressivism, existentialism, constructivism, and the Socratic method, I found that I best identify with two related philosophies: progressivism and constructivism. Both progressivism and constructivism encourage a student-centered classroom where students are taught by real-life experiences and situations. The teacher is more of a facilitator of learning or a guide that encourages critical thinking and problem solving from his/her students by using questions and student curiosity (Liepolt, 2004). Both philosophies support collaborative projects and alternative assessments. Progressivism is very centered around experience and social responsibility, and constructivism is geared towards evolving ideas and building or changing prior knowledge (Loss, 2010). It is these characteristics that I believe in and strive for as an educator.
Liepolt, W. (2004). Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning [Workshop]. Retrieved from http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/constructivism/index.html
Loss, C.G. % C.P. (2010). Progressive Education – Philosophical Foundations, Pedagogical Progressivism, Administrative Progressivism, Life-Adjustment Progressivism [Article]. Retrieved from http://education.stateuniversity.com/pages/2336/Progressive-Education.html