What we teach, why we teach, and how we teach are always informed by the philosophical, historical, and legal foundations which serve as the underpinnings for our professional actions as educators. This course will, therefore, serve to facilitate a clear and explicit understanding of those foundations. Our goal is twofold: to come to a greater understanding of the philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of American education, and to come to evaluate those foundations with a view towards developing our own personal professional self-reflective philosophy of education. Thus, while this course will offer the student the opportunity to appropriate the relevant historical, philosophical, and legal facts/concepts available in a “foundations” course in American education, the primary goal of this course is to facilitate the critically reflective development of a coherent philosophy of education. Field experience required.
MAT 502 Foundations of Education