One's Philosophy of Education:
The course project for Philosophy of Education involves reading the texts, engaging in conversation with the authors who have thought deeply and penetratingly about the significant issues involved in educating youth, participating actively in classroom discourse, and communicating oneís reflections upon these matters and oneís professional experience in a style conversant with scholarly standards.
To complete the course project, students will submit one electronic worksheet for each text, for a total of six submissions. Taken individually and collectively, these submissions will assist students to define and to defend their thoughts concerning the perennial issues involved in educating youth. The course project counts for 80% of the final grade.
As students read each text, they should identify the authorís argument, considering how each might respond to the following questions:
Each submission must comply with the Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition (APA).
The sum of the six submissions counts for 80% of the final grade. Each submission is worth 100 points (or a total of 600 points) and will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
100 total points
The worksheets will be graded and returned the following week, providing an indication of the studentís "running grade" for the project. After reviewing first three submissions, students may edit and resubmit each submission for regrading the following week. Students should note, however, that 10% will be deducted from the grade assigned to a resubmission. The fourth, fifth, and sixth submissions are not revised/regraded.
When the students have completed the six submissions, they will have formulated the foundation for a clear and comprehensive educational philosophy that the students will articulate in the final examination. The final examination, then, serves several purposes. First, as a culminating activity, the final examination serves the purpose of integrating the students' study of Philosophy of Education. The final examination also serves the purpose of preparing students for the comprehensive examination by providing students a study guide when preparing for the comprehensive examination. Lastly, the final examination serves the purpose of articulating the philosophical foundation for oneís personal and professional educational decision making. That is, the final examination sets forth how one intends to make ethical decisions, as Aristotle used that term in his Nichomachean Ethics.