ERIC Number: ED368715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
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Help Wanted: Philosophers of Education for National Accreditation.
Dottin, Erskine S.
This paper discusses the call by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education for teacher education institutions to delineate a stated philosophy. The paper dramatizes the need for educational philosophers of professional societies to provide leadership in this area of reform. The paper offers numerous examples in which mission statements presented by universities or schools of education are in effect lists of aims, with no philosophical justification for the suggested aims. Educational philosophers such as those in the American Educational Studies Association and the Council of Learned Societies in Education's affiliate organizations can play a vital role in helping institutions to articulate, in a more comprehensive manner, their philosophies. When an educational unit possesses a philosophy and is able to identify the philosophic assumptions upon which it is built, the unit is able to bring a certainty to its institutional behavior, to the content that ought to be taught, and to how it should be taught. Educational philosophers can help units address the metaphysical, epistemological, and axiological questions which undergird their respective world views. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educ
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeast Philosophy of Education Society (Gainesville, FL, February 11-12, 1994).