Philosophical Foundations of Curriculum: Module 2

I have gained further insight into the philosophies behind education after reading the course material for this second module.

After originally having some of my own mis-conceptions about reconstructionism I have come to the conclusion that it does have relevance to my own teaching practice. However, my day to day teaching philosophy is more pragmatic than any other philosophy.  I feel that my teaching reflects pragmatic philosophies through: students-centred learning, activity-based learning and attitude based learning that is to central to the PYP curriculum I am currently teaching.

Please enjoy the modified Prezi that Kerrin Celestine and I have made as a collaborative project.

Comments and suggestions are more than welcome, but please reference individual statements within the document rather than slide numbers (as they are ever-changing).


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  1. Professor’s Comments:

    You’ve got it! An excellent –comprehensive and comprehensible – Prezi presentation. Great collaboration. Clearly, content is “coming together” and connections are made between this and the previous module. And I see you have left space for Module 3 as well!! Smart.

    Slide 23 – In our face-to face consultation, I would like to engage in discussion about how under humanism to progressivism, but also to existentialism and reconstructionism.

    Slide 51 – I too am always learning from individuals enrolled in the courses that I teach. I did not know about this school and enjoyed learning about it.

    Slide 54 – Could be expanded to list the society based designs. Sowell list two.

    Slide 80 – Similar comment as per slide 54.

    Comment on Behaviouralism. It is very much associated with Bloom and Tyler.

    Comment on Feminist pedagogy. Today it is more generally represented in the social conceptions of curriculum. Does that make sense to both of you?

    Comment on slide 93 – this can be seen as part of the humanistic conceptions of curriculum.

    Slide 96. Indeed it has been the approach in the past. Academics and learning the content were key. So I refer you to the discussion I had re Bailey’s and Karilee’s posting and blogs; the educational philosophies presented in the course have been Western in nature and terminology.

    Each of your conclusions with your personal reflections was appreciated and thoughtful.

    Stephanie, insightful comment!

    NOTE: The Hill article used a content area as an example of working through educational philosophy and its influence on different ways of thinking and pedagogical approaches to a content area.


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