Dewey's Influence on My Philosophy of Education Term Paper by Mr Educator

Dewey's Influence on My Philosophy of Education
A discussion of John Dewey's work on education and his influence on the writer's personal teaching statement.
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This paper discusses the educational theories of John Dewey and uses them as a basis to develop the writer's philosophy of education. The writer explains that Dewey's practical methods of guided discovery continue to be popular in modern education and represent a rational and holistic approach to the education of children. The writer describes Dewey's philosophy of basing instruction on student interests, his concept of reflective thought, and his idea that a constantly experimental approach to learning should be maintained, and explains why Dewey's ideas may be more relevant today than they were fifty years ago. The paper concludes with an explanation of the writer's perceived role and mission as an educator in Hong Kong.

The Aims of Education
Role of the Teacher

From the Paper:

"It is now clear to me that educators must develop their own personal philosophy of education. However, a tremendous body of educational theory exists, making it difficult to choose a specific school of thought. For example, some educators base their theories on different approaches to grouping students for instruction, various forms of curricula, methods of evaluating student progress, or the objectives of instruction. Phrases such as "cooperative learning," "multiple intelligences," and "whole learning experiences" abound in the literature. Instructional methods range from free exploration to direct instruction. Models of learning range from transactional to transmission."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dewey, J. (2004). Education and Democracy, an introduction into the Philosophy of Education. Dover Publications, NY.
  • Ediger, M. (1995). Have We Tried Everything Possible in Education? Education, vol 116, p. 593(5). Retrieved 25th April 2009, from Questia. Website:
  • Glascott, K. and Crews, N. (1998). A Teaching Philosophy: Rhetoric or Reality? Childhood Education, vol 74, p. 232(2).
  • Goodlad, J. (1998). Schools for all Seasons. Phi Delta Kappan, vol 79, p. 670(2).
  • Ozmon, H. and Craver, S. (1999). Philosophical Foundations of Education, 6th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.

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