My Special Education Philosophy
Understanding the philosophy, ideologies, and theories of education is important in becoming familiar with the world of an educator. At the same time this discovery can be very confusing and cause stumbling blocks to a person’s growth as a teacher if one tries to adapt to someone else’s philosophy before establishing their own.
This is significant to understand when one realizes that the relationship between philosophy and education forms the basis that allows the function of us to agree that comparative philosophy and comparative education have much to offer each other, in short, they work together. We all have ways in which we view the learning process and because of this one must embrace all branches and/or implement several theories in one’s practice. This is necessary to know that one’s philosophy of life and philosophy of education is interdependent and provides “a foundation for one’s view of life, as well as one’s view of teaching”, it will differ especially over time.
Stated in another way philosophy and education are also components that coincide with one another. For instance, if a person can agree with the philosophic system they would recognize a hosts of educational practices as harmonizing or clashing with it, in precisely the same way as children imitate their parents. It is not until a parent see a child become the portrayal of themselves in action and in thoughts that they see their ugliness or their goodness. Education is our source of learning and philosophy is how we choose to apply it in our daily lives.
Take the time to reflect on the interviews. Each teacher and principal gave their opinions based on their view of life and let me add, their belief system. All the answers were different, yet, they were all passionate about different things. In looking at the underlying principles or theories of philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, axiology and logic, these theories when studied will in some way impact one’s action and beliefs within the educational environment. Just don’t allow one’s belief system to carry you but instead you carry your belief systems.
Continuing we will look at the theories as if one was viewing it for the first time. Metaphysics – this term is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature/existence. This area will have a person to evaluate themselves a little closer as well as questioned their own human nature whether “it’s good, evil, spiritual, mental, or physical” (Foundation of American Education, L. Dean Webb, et al, pg. 50). Epistemology - (branch of philosophy that studies the nature of knowledge. This area helps a person to explore and raise questions about their knowledge, the source of their knowledge and the applicability of their knowledge. Questions like if knowledge is gained by ones application such as through immediate and concrete experiences is it valid. It is believed yes because wisdom is knowledge applied, therefore cognition. ...