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COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Western Educational Ideas
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: Students receive an introduction to philosophical issues relating to educational thought and practice within the Western intellectual tradition. The course introduces the student to both traditional and contemporary theories of education and concludes by focusing on the conscious development of a Christian approach to education.

Prerequisites: PHIL 230 and at least one education course or admission to the B.Ed (AD) program, or consent of the instructor
REQUIRED TEXTS: Johnson, T.W. & Reed, R.F. (2012). Philosophical Documents in Education. (4th edition).
Boston: Pearson, Allyn & Bacon.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:There is one common assignment: Personal Philosophy of Education paper (see attached guidelines). This assignment is due DECEMBER 2. 

Each student will create, in consultation with the instructor, an individualized assessment plan (IAP). The IAP will detail assignments including description, weight (percentage), and due date. Class participation and individual facilitating may be part of the IAP.  The final grade for each student will be determined based on the IAP.  
  • Gain understanding of various perspectives concerning the purposes of education, the view of the learner, the view of learning and the view of knowledge;
  • Gain understanding into the interdependent nature of personal beliefs and educational philosophy; and
  • Explore the connection between their personal beliefs and philosophies of education.
At the completion of the course, each student will have developed a personal philosophy of education to serve as a foundation for her/his teaching career.
  • Introduction and Class Organization
  • Socrates, Plato and Aristotle
  • Augustine and Erasmus
  • Kant, Locke, Rousseau and Macaulay
  • Spencer and Whitehead
  • John Dewey
  • Green and Martin Roland
  • Cornel West
  • Paulo Freire
  • Nel Noddings
  • Egan, Lipman, Matthews
  • Parker Palmer

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