When you have completed this unit you should be able to:
- identify two or more personally relevant educational and other experiences that have shaped, and continue to shape your educational philosophical orientation
- identify how two others relevant educational and other experiences shape their educational philosophical orientation
Our educational philosophy is connected to our own educational experiences. Identifying what has shaped us, in terms of education, will help us identify our own values and beliefs about education.
Read Chapter 1, pages 1-9 of the text. Prepare a script for your own educational biography. Select several artifacts or exhibits that are important symbols for you and explain why they are important.
- Record a performance, not a reading, of your script and upload this to You Tube(the private section). Post a link to the video in the Discussion Forum so your colleagues and Open Learning Faculty Member can view it. The recording should be between 7 and 10 minutes in length.
- Save the script that you have written. This will be useful to you when you complete the final assignment in the course.
World events, and our interpretation of these events, also provide ways of understanding ourselves and our educational values.
Think about what you see as significant international or national/provincial/local event(s) that shape our educational story. In a paragraph explain why you see this event as significant and post this to the Discussion Forum. After all your colleagues have posted, review them all and feel free to comment on them. Do you see any themes emerging? You may want to identify a theme or two, and mention the theme in your reflective journal.
Sometimes it is helpful to consider the experiences of others, and how those experiences could shape their story and their understanding of the world and its relationship to people.
Watch the National Film Board production “Living Stone”. What is the role of aboriginal world views, storytelling and thinking in today’s world? Investigate some of the philosophical thinking related to one “original peoples” culture of interest to you describing an aspect of that view. Would the educational philosophy of someone living in this time and place be different than your own? How? Why? Reflect on this in your Reflective Journal when you consider how time and place shapes our world view, and our understanding of what matters in education.
Lesson 1 Summary
We have thought about our own narrative in several ways: by looking at our own significant educational events, by considering the influences of the larger world, and by thinking about the situated knowledge that is part of being human. In Module 2 we will start thinking about the Ancient Philosophers, and how their time and place influenced their thinking about educational philosophy. They may have influenced the institutions and experiences we have had in education.
- Gutek, G. L. 2011. Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education: A Biographical Introduction. Toronto: Pearson.
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It is now time to complete the Assignment 1 Reflective Journal question. Assignment for Reflective Journal: What do you think might have been some philosophical or educational values for the Inuit based on the movie Living Stone? What do you think matters most in education today? Does what matters most relate in any way to your educational experiences you identified as part of your educational biography? Does it relate to current events in our world? Does it relate to historical or original ways of knowing?
Your response should be between 250 – 300 words.
Here is a checklist of the learning activities you will be completing in Module 1. You may find it useful for planning your work.
||Create an educational biography video
||Post about a world event dialogue
||Watch “Living Stone”
||Write your Reflective Journal response