Educational Philosophy for Teachers – EDUC 305

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course presents the practical role of philosophy in the classroom. Emphasis is placed upon a careful analysis of current religious and education trends, and major philosophies are defined. Students will formulate a personal philosophy and apply that philosophy to their teaching methodology, lesson plan design, and delivery.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

In order to understand and present oneself clearly and consistently in the classroom, it is important to know what one believes about teaching and learning. Every teacher should be able to explain and defend his/her philosophy and explain how it differs from other philosophical positions. It is beneficial, if not imperative, for Christian educators to understand the philosophical and ideological issues that impact education.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Articulate the history of education from various perspectives. (PRE-A1)
  2. Evaluate values concerning various historical events impacting the philosophy and practical application of education. (PRE-A1)
  3. Apply Christian perspectives to educational philosophy, learning theories and strategies. (PRE-A, B, C)
  4. Compare various educational systems and their socio-cultural contexts. (PRE-A1, B2)
  5. Articulate a personal philosophy of education. (PRE-A1, C5, B4, B2)

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

The candidate will read the assigned chapters, other readings and watch the lecture presentations associated with each module. Quizzes will come from all this information. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

The candidate will be assigned to 1 of 7 educational philosophies. Individually, each student will create one teaching tool that helps others learn about the core tenets of the educational philosophy chosen. A comparison of the assigned philosophy to Biblical principles should be included. Three citations from 3 sources in addition to the Bible are required in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge, including required readings, presentations and the Bible. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply should be 100 words.

For each thread and reply, the instructions given in the post and reply prompts should be carefully followed. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

The candidate will complete an inventory designed to assist the student in discovering their personal views and preferences regarding philosophy of education. (MLO: D, E)

The candidate will write a 3 to 4-page paper to convey their understanding of a biblical worldview and a Christian philosophy of education. Also, the implications of these principles in their application to educational practice should be discussed. This paper must be in current APA format and include a minimum of 4 references in addition to the Bible. The candidate will submit the paper in Blackboard through SafeAssign. (MLO: B, C, D, E)

Via e-mail, access information will be provided for the ProEthica online modules. Complete the multiple-module program online, which takes approximately four hours. The candidate is encouraged to work ahead on this assignment. Using the template provided, the candidate will submit a summary of ProEthica quiz scores in Blackboard. (MLO: B, D)

The candidate will write 5 brief paragraphs (50-100 words each) on evidence to support their practice of each of the School of Education SCRIP dispositions (Social Responsibility, Commitment/Work Ethic, Reflection, Integrity, and Professionalism). The candidate will submit the paragraphs through a quiz format. (MLO: B, C, D, E)

This is the benchmark assignment. The candidate will write a 4 to 5-page paper (not including the title page, abstract, and reference page) describing his or her personal philosophy of education. This paper must be in current APA format and include a minimum of 4 references in addition to the Bible. The candidate will submit the paper in Blackboard through SafeAssign. (MLO: B, C, D, E)

The candidate will take 8 weekly quizzes throughout the course, covering the readings and presentation. Quizzes are open book/open note. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)