This course will introduce prospective teachers and others interested in education to a wide range of philosophical traditions in education, and allow them to begin developing their own philosophy of education.
Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)
Total Weeks: 15
This course looks at the following main questions for each philosophy:
- What information/knowledge/skill is it important for people to have?
- What should be taught and how should it be taught?
What would the overt curriculum look like?
What teaching methods fit this philosophy and why?
What is the hidden curriculum inherent in this philosophy?
- What are the roles students, teachers, and administration/boards under this philosophy?
The main stream of this course focuses on the individual philosophies in light of the questions above. A second stream focuses on the historical development of philosophical ideas and why those ideas change. Issues like home schooling, public vs. private education, adult education, and industrial training will be discussed as they come up. The goal of this course to get the students to think about education from new angles and to covert those thoughts into a practical context that will be useful to them in the future as students, teachers, administrators, parents, and voters.
The students will be able to:
- Identify and apply the principles educational philosophy
- Identify and express their own personal philosophy of education
- Demonstrate the ability to convert abstract ideas into practical plans
Grading System: Letters
Percentage of Individual Work: 100
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.