Educational Philosophy

Common Assignment: Educational Philosophy (200 points) Student Learning Outcome (SLO1): Graduates will communicate their philosophy as professional adult educators and reflect on their growth and development in the field. Using your knowledge of the various lines of philosophical thought within the adult education literature, and engaging in critical self-reflection, develop a clearly articulated statement of your educational philosophy as it pertains to the practice of adult education. While your philosophy is personally derived, it should be firmly grounded in the literature, demonstrating your grasp of adult educational scholarship as it pertains to your viewpoints. Taking all of this into account, address, at a minimum, the following: 1. Provide a brief but thorough overview of the educational philosophies that have been prominent in adult education scholarship. Include (a) their proponents, (b) their general strengths and weaknesses, (c) their influence on the field at large, and (c) their similarities and differences – compare/contrast. 2. What is your Personal Adult Educational Philosophy? a. What do you believe about the character of the average adult learner? b. What do you believe about knowledge? c. What do you believe about the role of the teacher? d. What do you believe about the role of the student? e. What do you believe about the role of education? f. What do you believe about assessment of/for learning in Adult Education? g. What do you believe about the purpose of Adult Education? h. What is your primary drive in Adult Education? i. What are some of the most important ethical considerations? 3. How did you develop your Adult Educational Philosophy? a. What philosophies did you consider? b. Why? c. Do you see any conflicts in your views? d. Do you think your views might change over time? 4. How will this inform/change/affect your practice in teaching adults? 5. Was this a difficult task for you? Your statement of philosophy paper should be between 5-10 double-spaced pages and reflect proper APA formatting. There is no stipulation on the exact number of references that must be included. Still, your response should be grounded in the literature and contain in-text citations that reflect that. Students will be evaluated on: a. Analysis of the adult education philosophical perspectives b. Identification and analysis of personal philosophical perspective(s) c. Integration of scholarly literature. d. Quality of writing

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