ERIC Number: EJ866800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) and My Intellectual Growing-Up
Matthews, Michael R.
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v41 n7 p777-780 Dec 2009
In this article, the author describes his intellectual growing-up and how Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) entered into his intellectual frame and became more prominent in his philosophical-educational world. He states that for someone who set out to be a classroom science teacher, he has been inordinately fortunate in, so to speak, the intellectual company he has kept. While doing teacher training as a 19-year-old, Anna Hogg, Bill Andersen and early PESA colleagues confirmed and encouraged his interests in philosophy. He very quickly learned that there was nothing so important or so practical for teachers, as a competent and well thought-out philosophy of education. The more or less liberal sense of education has informed pretty much his entire intellectual and teaching life. His intellectual life has been wonderfully informed by excellent philosophers at Sydney University, then Boston University, then elsewhere. Many of these mentors became his personal friends. With philosophy rapidly disappearing from teacher education programmes right around the world, and being replaced by more "hands-on", "classroom management", applied courses, the kind of marriage of teaching with broader ideas that the author has been so fortunate to have benefited from, will probably become rarer and rarer. More is the pity for the professional life and identity of teachers, and more is the pity for the classroom experience of their students.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Philosophy, Teacher Education Curriculum, Teacher Education Programs, Science Education, Schools of Education, Professional Associations, Program Descriptions, Educational History, Personal Narratives, College Faculty, Organizational Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Epistemology, Educational Trends, Educational Environment, Individual Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Massachusetts