Personal Philosophy of Education March 3, 2019 – Posted in: Order Custom Essay Paper

Personal Philosophy of Education 


My personal philosophy: The purpose of education is to produce citizens that positively contribute to society. Teachers are in a position to mold the future leaders.

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. 

Follow the length requirement outlined in the syllabus, use APA format, and include a minimum of four references.

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

2. Abstract
• 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’s 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. 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?

6. 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).