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Educational Philosophy for Teachers
EDUC-305

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

This course presents the practical role of philosophy in the classroom. Emphasis is placed upon a careful analysis of current religious and education trends, and major philosophies are defined. Students will formulate a personal philosophy and apply that philosophy to their teaching methodology, lesson plan design, and delivery.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

In order to understand and present oneself clearly and consistently in the classroom, it is important to know what one believes about teaching and learning. Every teacher should be able to explain and defend his/her philosophy and explain how it differs from other philosophical positions. It is beneficial, if not imperative, for Christian educators to understand the philosophical and ideological issues that impact education.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate will be able to:

  1. Articulate the history of education from various perspectives. (PRE-A1)
  2. Evaluate values concerning various historical events impacting the philosophy and practical application of education. (PRE-A1)
  3. Apply Christian perspectives to educational philosophy, learning theories and strategies. (PRE-A, B, C)
  4. Compare various educational systems and their socio-cultural contexts. (PRE-A1, B2)
  5. Articulate a personal philosophy of education. (PRE-A1, C5, B4, B2)

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource, he or she may purchase it through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Ornstein, A., Levine, D., Gutek, G., & Vocke, D. (2017). Foundations of Education, (13th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

ProEthica Program

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. APA formatting information: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Textbook Readings and Lecture Presentations

The candidate will read the assigned chapters, other readings and watch the lecture presentations associated with each module. Quizzes will come from all this information. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Teaching Tool for Assigned Philosophy

The candidate will be assigned to 1 of 7 educational philosophies. Individually, each student will create one teaching tool that helps others learn about the core tenets of the educational philosophy chosen. A comparison of the assigned philosophy to Biblical principles should be included. Three citations from 3 sources in addition to the Bible are required in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge, including required readings, presentations and the Bible. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply should be 100 words.

For each thread and reply, the instructions given in the post and reply prompts should be carefully followed. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Discovering Your Philosophy

The candidate will complete an inventory designed to assist the student in discovering their personal views and preferences regarding philosophy of education. (MLO: D, E)

Biblical Worldview Paper

The candidate will write a 3 to 4-page paper to convey their understanding of a biblical worldview and a Christian philosophy of education. Also, the implications of these principles in their application to educational practice should be discussed. This paper must be in current APA format and include a minimum of 4 references in addition to the Bible. The candidate will submit the paper in Blackboard through SafeAssign. (MLO: B, C, D, E)

ProEthica Modules

Via e-mail, access information will be provided for the ProEthica online modules. Complete the multiple-module program online, which takes approximately four hours. The candidate is encouraged to work ahead on this assignment. Using the template provided, the candidate will submit a summary of ProEthica quiz scores in Blackboard. (MLO: B, D)

SCRIP Assessment

The candidate will write 5 brief paragraphs (50-100 words each) on evidence to support their practice of each of the School of Education SCRIP dispositions (Social Responsibility, Commitment/Work Ethic, Reflection, Integrity, and Professionalism). The candidate will submit the paragraphs through a quiz format. (MLO: B, C, D, E)

Personal Philosophy of Education Paper

This is the benchmark assignment. The candidate will write a 4 to 5-page paper (not including the title page, abstract, and reference page) describing his or her personal philosophy of education. This paper must be in current APA format and include a minimum of 4 references in addition to the Bible. The candidate will submit the paper in Blackboard through SafeAssign. (MLO: B, C, D, E)

Text and Presentation Quizzes (8)

The candidate will take 8 weekly quizzes throughout the course, covering the readings and presentation. Quizzes are open book/open note. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Teaching Tool for Group Philosophy

50

Discovering Your Philosophy

25

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)

200

Biblical Worldview Paper

100

ProEthica Modules

100

SCRIP Assessment

75

Personal Philosophy of Education Paper

250

Quizzes (8 at 25 pts ea)

200

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

EDUC 305

Textbook: Ornstein et al, Foundations of Education (2017).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

A Christian Philosophy of Education

Edlin: ch. 5

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

Introduction/Welcome DB

Teaching Tool for Group Philosophy

Quiz 1

10

0

0

50

25

2

Philosophies and Theories

Ornstein et al.: ch. 6

3 presentations

Discovering Your Philosophy

DB Forum 1 – Teaching Tool

Quiz 2

25

50

25

3

Significant Contributors

Ornstein et al.: ch. 3-4

2 presentations

DB Forum 2 – Purpose of Education

Quiz 3

50

25

4

Historical Development of American Education

Ornstein et al.: ch. 5

2 presentations

Biblical Worldview Paper

Quiz 4

100

25

5

Teachers, Learners,

and Ethics

Ornstein et al.: ch. 11

1 presentation

1 document

ProEthica Modules

Quiz 5

100

25

6

Changing Purposes of Education

Ornstein et al.: ch. 13

1 presentation

1 document

SCRIP Assessment

DB Forum 3 - A Case Study

Quiz 6

75

50

25

7

Curriculum and Instruction

Ornstein et al.: ch. 14

1 presentation

Personal Philosophyof Education Paper

Quiz 7

250

25

8

Legal Aspects of Education

Ornstein et al.: ch. 9

1 presentation

DB Forum 4 – Religious Rights

Quiz 8

50

25

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.