Setting the Table: Knowing YOUR Philosophies of Education

Led by Michael Andrew Clarke
In this session we will review some of the major Philosophies of Education and cite some of the major thinkers in education from Confucius through Herbert Spencer, John Dewey, Jean Piaget, to Linda Darling-Hammond, and Howard Gardner. In the session we will also examine the impact of the education philosophies of the student, the home, the teacher, the school, the local community, and the broader community on educational outcomes. As a teacher, education researcher, student, parent, or policy maker your own philosophy of education will guide your response to educational issues. It is important that you are clear on where your philosophy of education stands and how that philosophy interacts with other philosophies of education. You should at least be aware, and optimally understand, why you make the choices and recommendations that you do with regard to education.