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TEACHING STYLE PREFERENCES AND EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHER EDUCATION FACULTY AT A STATE UNIVERSITY

By CINDI H. FRIES Bachelors of Science in Education, Special Education University of Tulsa Tulsa, Oklahoma 1982 Masters of Education, Counseling Northeastern State University Tahlequah, Oklahoma 1989

Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate College of the Oklahoma State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of DOCTOR OF EDUCATION July, 2012

UMI Number: 3524500

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TEACHING STYLE PREFERENCES AND EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHER EDUCATION FACULTY AT A STATE UNIVERSITY

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I. INTRODUCTION ......................................................................................................1 Introduction ..............................................................................................................1 Educational Philosophy ...........................................................................................1 Teaching Style .........................................................................................................3 College of Education Teacher Education Program ..................................................3 Problem Statement ...................................................................................................4 Purpose.....................................................................................................................5 Research Questions ..................................................................................................5 Theoretical Framework ............................................................................................6 Methodology ...........................................................................................................7 Significance of the Study .........................................................................................8 Key Terms ...............................................................................................................8 II. REVIEW OF LITERATURE..................................................................................10 Philosophy..............................................................................................................10 Traditional Schools of Philosophy ...................................................................11 Idealism .....................................................................................................11 Realism ......................................................................................................12 Pragmatism ...............................................................................................13 Existentialism.............................................................................................13 Reconstructionists ......................................................................................13 Philosophy of Education ..................................................................................14 Liberal Education .......................................................................................15 Behavorial Education...
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