Philosophical Orientations to Teaching

Paper instructions:
Instructions for the paper
1. Choose one of these philosophy of education
(Perennialism, Essentialism, Progressivism, Existentialism, or Social Reconstructivism)
2. Cite the relevant philosophers and ideas.
3. How will your philosophical perspective impact your teaching style?
4. How will your teaching placement modify your philosophy?
5. How do your personal values, political proclivities, class consciousness racial
perspectives, and historical insights influence your outlook?
6. Why it is important to have a philosophy of education.
Some tips
1. I have uploaded a sheet that has a small summary of these education philosophy.
2. Use the forbidden word “I” to talk about your experiences with education. However,
don’t use it too much.
3. Writing should be scholarly, but natural, unforced, and shot through with wit, passion,
delight, and/or intrigue.
4. There should be an engaging “sound” to the writing, a contrast in sentence length and
cadence It doesn’t plod; it has lilt. Thus, “write for the ear”

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