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Bakker, Colin; Dubensky, Kate; Harvey, Lyndze; McDonough, Graham P. – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2019
In teacher education programs, there is a prevalent belief that having teacher candidates compose personalized 'my philosophy of education' (MPE) statements is a valuable exercise that prepares them for the teaching profession. This paper argues that the prevailing intentions for, and common practice of, assigning these MPE statements to teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teachers, Educational Philosophy, Constructivism (Learning)
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Guzzo, Guilherme Brambatti; Dall'Alba, Gabriel – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2017
Critical thinking involves the ability to properly assess statements and actions, and it also requires a permanent disposition to appropriately use cognitive skills in the evaluation of any claim. In the present paper, we discuss the characteristics of an ideal critical thinker, and apply them to a contemporary problem, namely anthropogenic global…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Climate, Change, Thinking Skills
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Ben-Porath, Sigal – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2016
In his excellent paper, Callan (2016) differentiates intellectual safety, which fosters smugness, indifference and lack of effort, from dignity safety, which is needed for participation, learning and engagement. He suggests that college classrooms that reject the first and espouse the second would be ones that focus on "cultivating…
Descriptors: Safety, Human Dignity, College Students, Higher Education