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Philosophy of Education
A discussion on progressivism, social reconstructionism and existentialism versus essentialism and perennialism.
# 107535 | 1,546 words | 4 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Sep 07, 2008 in Education (Theory) , Philosophy (General)

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The paper presents a discusson on progressivism, social reconstructionism and existentialism (student-centered philosophies) versus essentialism and perennialism (teacher-centered philosophies) and states that teacher-centered philosophies do not benefit students as much as student-centered philosophies, which put the students needs first. The paper contends that teacher-centered philosophies are outdated and of little use in today's modern world. The paper concludes that schools need to realize that teacher-centered philosophies that are authoritarian and conservative do not benefit students as well as student-centered philosophies that focus on the individual needs of the students.

Philosophy of Education
Teacher-centered philosophies
Student-centered Philosophies
Progressivism, Social Reconstructive Existentialism
The Failings of Essentialism and Perennialism
High Standards and Standardized Testing
Core Beliefs of Teacher-centered Philosophies
The Benefits of Student-centered Philosophies
Benefits of Progressivism
Benefits of Social Reconstructionism
Benefits of Existentialism

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Edwards, N T. The historical and social foundations of standardized testing: In search of balance between learning and evaluation. Retrieved 6/9/07 from
  • Sadker & Sadker. Philosophy of Education. Teachers, Schools and Society 6th edition Retrieved 5/1/2007 from
  • Encyclopedia of Education. Progressive Education. Retrieved 5/20/2007 from
  • Aretakis-Fredo, A. (2003). Literacy Review. Retrieved 5/26, 2007 from

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