I’ve always enjoyed teaching this module – Philosophy of Education, during my years educating teachers. Part of the module consisting of watching scenes from movies and discussing, debating what philosophy of education they represented.
Here is a nice powerpoint outlining the major philosophies of education. Also includes links to the movies to show students or watch yourself to quiz. Download the full PPT Also the movie only flash version.
Click this to take the quiz to learn about your own philosophy of education
I’ve written lots about philosophies of education. How important they are to develop and sustain. A lot of what is “stress” in today’s teaching world, derives from teachers working in settings that conflict with their own underlying philosophy of education – often, the teacher not really even knowing that this conflict exists!
I’m teaching philosophy of education with my students and one thing I had them do was to watch some film clips and try and match the “stylized Hollywood teacher” with a particular teaching philosophy. A great activity and I offer a simplified version here, to challenge you.
There are many labels and “types” of educational philosophies. Here are 5 main ones.
The challenge is – view the film clips below and match them to the philosophy of education. The films clips are from: Dead Poet’s Society | Stand and Deliver | Dangerous Minds | School of Rock | The Emperor’s Club . Match them to the correct philosophy of education: Perennialism | Essentialism | Progressivism | Existentialism | Social Reconstructivism