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Pragmatism: Philosophy of Education
Transcript of Pragmatism: Philosophy of Education
Jacquelin Fiorillo Pragmatism Defining Pragmatism Christian Perspective Pragmatism “emphasizes the practical application of ideas by testing them in human experience.” Cultivate meaningful experiences
Connections between ideas What it looks like in the classroom Real problem solving: Hands-on learning Strengths No set curriculum/ limited teacher accountability Weaknesses God centered vs. man centered History: John Dewey Pattern-wise, relationally, part-whole and whole-part understanding Focus on the process of learning Originated in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century (NOT ANCIENT GREECE like Idealism, Realism, etc.). No overarching, objective meta-narrative idea that connects all knowledge. "Democracy in Education" most famous book "Unity of knowledge" applies to the method of discovering knowledge as related to "doing" Learning process is not primarily cognitive but hands on problem solving. Inquiry *** Does not focus on metaphysical. The only questions worth asking are those that can be observed and tested. 1859-1952 Goal of education at each stage is "an added capacity of growth." Ex: Science Fairs Passion for learning Not standardized Critical Thinking Difficult to measure growth Philosophy lies upon the assumption that students desire to participate. Relativity: Every classroom Challenges: Time factor, student interest, current system of testing, how to effectively raise questions and create experiences. “by him [namely Christ] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him” (Col. 1:16). Truth does not change.
Truth is not relative depending on the person or time. "We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you." (Gal. 2:5)