Teaching Philosophy Statement
Dewey defined education as the reconstruction and reorganization of experiences, which increases one’s ability to direct the course of subsequent experiences and these experiences can be both active and passive. However, according to Lindemand, the education experience is, first of all doing something; second, doing something which makes a difference; and third, knowing what difference it makes. While on the other hand Maxine Green said, “to do educational philosophy is to become critically conscious of what is involved in the complex business of teaching and learning.
As an individual who is anticipating becoming an educator in today’s complex teaching field, my philosophy is one that will reflect a blending of the educational foundations in which the concept of education was first introduced to the populus. From Plato’s idealism that the everyday world of things and objects is merely a fleeting, shadowy copy of the true ideas which the soul carries which encourages students to seek a higher level of thinking (Hamm 1974, 212). Idealism also includes the cultural heritage and wisdom which each student should be encouraged to share by being knowledgeable about it, participating in sharing it and elaborating it through their own contributions in the classroom and in the community.
Because all students should be motivated to seek their inner learning potential, they must also realize that rules and regulations are essential in our society if the concept of democracy is to survive and be passed on to each new generation. Personal experiences and scientific methods through empirical, objective, and experiments with precise measurements are a common sense approach to discovering the truth and passing them on through educational processes.
According to Morris, existentialism in education is to develop the affective side of man, his capacity to love, to appreciate, and to respond emotionally to the world about him. To accomplish this goal, there must be education at the secondary level which focuses on the humanities. To assure this appreciation, education in the various disciplines such as art, biology, chemistry, geography, history and mathematics are now at the center of education in our current high schools. This cluster of related concepts provides a structured framework which helps to explain the physical, natural, social, and human realities. It should be noted that when students consider, interpret, and explain these concepts, as a teacher, one must always consider the alternative, to be aware of what these alternatives can do and be responsible for the choices as it affects the students, which will ultimately effect all mankind.
From class research, it appears that pragmatism is currently the most popular philosophy used in education in the United States. This type of expressive teaching provides an integrated approach through the blending...