ERIC Number: ED446092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep-29
Philosophy of Philosophy: Making the Connection between Philosophy and Pedagogy for Preservice Teachers.
Roberson, Thelma J.
This paper supports the idea that teacher preparation programs must create reflective, field-based opportunities that help preservice teachers make connections between educational philosophies and classroom practices. It uses first-hand experiences from one class to introduce the subject matter. The paper discusses the trouble that preservice teachers in this class had in describing their educational philosophies and codes of ethics and explains how their teacher helped them think about and reconsider the issue. The paper then describes traditional educational courses as memory-based and supports the growing trend of using a constructivist approach in teacher preparation programs. Using the constructivist approach, students construct knowledge through an interaction between what they already think and know and new ideas and experiences. Unlike the more traditional memory-based model, this inquiry-based, active-learning approach encourages the formulation of ideas and conclusions and de-emphasizes single interpretations. Helping preservice teachers become reflective practitioners will assist them in making the connection between their philosophies of education and classroom practices. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and History of Education (Biloxi, MS, September 29, 2000).