My Philosophy of Adult Education

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The following is my philosophy of Adult Education. I have come to this understanding mainly through experience, study and guiding learners in their studies. I have always had a love of learning. My teaching methods and view of learning reflect the idea I have of how I would have liked my teachers to teach. My classroom will be a caring, safe, and equitable environment where each child can blossom and grow. I will allow children to become responsible members of our classroom community by using strategies such as class meetings, positive discipline, and democratic principles. In showing children how to become responsible for themselves as well as their own learning, I am giving them the tools to become successful in life, to believe in themselves, and to love themselves.

First, I would like to share my thoughts about the nature of humans. I agree with Plato and Socrates when they say that most human beings are not alike and are therefore sorted into groups, however I do not feel it is my job to sort learners into groups. I do believe it is a part of my job to be an objective, encouraging teacher and that the learners should be viewed as dynamic, diverse and reflective. I champion learning that is relevant, respects differences, advances social justice and expands global and community awareness.

I would like to think that my philosophy ties in with John Dewey’s belief that if humans were given the freedom to pursue their won interests within a supportive environment, human knowledge and understanding would flourish. He also refers to people’s interest as what they are interested in or what is in their best interest. Mr. Dewey also views education as growth. A working or guiding philosophy of educational practice provides the foundation for all decisions, processes, and actions made about the instruction and learning process. As Patricia Cranton (1994) explains instructional practices “without a rationale or a mission makes us technicians rather...
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