Teacher Education Philosophies

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Published on Education and College, by arief, Jan. 5, 2011.

… John Dewey, one of the most prominent educational philosophers, in his book ‘Democracy and Education’, even devoted an entire chapter on teacher education philosophy and talks about various aspects that play a formative role in the education of children. Philosophies of teacher education can be classified as Liberal, Behaviorist, Progressive, Humanistic and Radical. Each of these has specific purposes in education and defines the role of a teacher and his relationship with the learner, in the original perspective of particular philosophical contexts. The liberal philosophy aims at developing sparkling powers, while the behavioral ideologies focus on the survival skills of a human being and the role of education in teaching them.

The Progressive philosophy motivates cultural development of an individual in order to bring about societal change, whereas the Humanistic trends ogle at the overall development of the personality and characteristics of an individual. And the radical philosophers are fervent in pleasurable changes that should happen in a society from time to time, and the role of education in bringing about political, social and economical changes.

Teacher education philosophy is now archaic as a major marketing strategy by teachers and has become an well-known component of a teacher’s resume. This has evolved to become piece of the teacher’s personal profile, which outlines all of his significant skill sets and unusual qualities, and highlights his specialties.

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