“This paper is to be 5 pages in length from the introductory paragraph to the conclusion, which does not count the title page, abstract, or reference pages.
This paper is a statement of your personal philosophy of education, which should focus on the purpose of education, which is why education is carried out and not so much how it is carried out. Your purpose of education is to emphasize the long-range impact you believe education should have on individuals and on society the outcome of education. As you convey your philosophy, you are to focus on its outcome rather than on the methods, practices, instruction, or classroom activities. Those are tools of carrying out your philosophy; therefore, a simple discussion of teaching strategies does not make up your philosophy of education.
As an academic paper, it is to be supported by the body of knowledge in the field, which is to include references to the literature from educational philosophy, psychology, curriculum, and learning theory. Treat this as a position statement, a persuasive paper. Make declarative statements of ought and should.
Follow the length requirement outlined in the syllabus, use APA format, and include a minimum of four references. Submit the paper on both Blackboard and www.LiveText.com. A grade will not be assigned until the paper is submitted in both locations.
HEADINGS: See the rubric at the bottom of this document; it will be used for assessing the paper. To ensure the paper meets the requirements of the rubric, you are to include the elements listed below. Note the required headings that are to be placed in the same order in your paper as they appear in the outline below.
1. Title Page
a. Title: Consider the title of your paper to be your motto, slogan, or bumper-sticker version of your philosophy. It should be clear enough to give the reader some idea of what you believe about the purpose of education. Avoid statements that sound vague or flippant or that focus on the process of education. Consider adding a subtitle. Subtitles can bring clarity to the main title.
b. Other Information on Title Page
· Student Name
· Student ID
· Course# and Section
· Professor Name
· Place the abstract after the title page and before the introduction to the paper.
· The abstract should be what you would write on an employment application or what you would say verbally in an interview if asked directly about your philosophy of education.
· Abstract First Sentence: Write your thesis statement first. It should state what you believe the long-range impact education should have on students and society.
· Abstract Paragraph: Subsequent sentences should practically explain what you will do in your instructional practice to carry out the philosophy you stated in the first sentence.
3. Introduction (Do not use a heading for this section.)
· The purpose of the introductory paragraph is different from the abstract. Do not simply copy the abstract.
· In this section, introduce your thesis statement that will be developed throughout the paper.
· It is best to place the thesis statement at the end of the introduction. This serves as a transition into the rest of the paper.
o Thesis Statement: The thesis statement and introduction to it should focus on the purpose, outcomes, goals, and impact of education. It should not address how important it is to have a philosophy of education and should not focus on the process of instruction. Focus on the why instead of the how.
4. Philosophy of Schools & Learning (first heading)
· This section should focus on the why of education the long-range impact you believe schools and learning should have on individuals and on society. Save the how of education for the next section.
· This is the core part of the paper where you expound more specifically on your thesis statement.
· State what you believe. Do not feel obligated to embrace a particularly established philosophy. However, you are to situate your beliefs among others by citing ideas that illustrate yours or are in opposition to yours.
· Refer to the knowledge base in teacher education that includes educational psychology, philosophy, and learning theory. Do not try to cover everything; just identify one or two key theories that might illustrate your own beliefs about the purpose of schools and learning.
· Be cautious about assigning to yourself a label that you do not fully understand. If you do not understand all that the label entails, you could unknowingly convey inconsistent ideas throughout your paper.
5. Instructional Practice (second heading)
· This section should flow smoothly from the previous one.
· Discuss how learners come to know truth. What causes learning to occur? (Epistemology)
· Address what you will implement in the classroom, which is the â€œhowâ€ part of education.
· What pedagogical practices, instructional strategies, or methods will you tend to use most frequently? Why?
· What do you hope to accomplish by using these strategies?
· Now would be a good time to go back to the introduction and ask yourself, Did I address instructional practice in the introduction instead of the purpose/impact of education? If you did, revise the introduction so that it addresses the purpose of education. Come back to this section to focus on the process of instruction.
6. Teacher-Learner Relationships (third heading)
(Remember that the questions listed in this guide are only to stimulate thought. You are not required to answer them systematically. Doing so might make your paper too rigid.)
· What is the role of the learner?
· What is the role of the teacher?
· How should they relate to each other and why?
7. Diversity (fourth heading)
· What diversity factors need to be taken into account by the teacher?
· How do factors of student diversity impact instruction?
8. Your Choice of Headings (optional)
· You may insert optional headings here to address issues that are important to your philosophy of education.
· Here are some ideas you might want to consider:
o My calling
o Classroom management philosophy
o Content/subject-area philosophy
o Assessment philosophy
o Parent role and relationship with teacher
o Current critical issues in education
9. Conclusion (final required heading)
· Your conclusion should tie in with the introduction somehow so that your paper displays coherence.
· If your introduction included a metaphor, quote, theme, etc., it would be appropriate to tie back into that.
· Both the introduction and conclusion should focus on the thesis of the paper, which is to address the purpose/outcome/impact of education (not the process of instruction).”
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