Three Different Philosophies, Each Sharing The Same Purpose Essay

1557 Words Dec 14th, 2016 7 Pages
Six elements, three different philosophies, each sharing the same purpose; education. Classical Traditional/Conservative, Liberal Progressive and Critical Pedagogy are well known philosophies contributing to the teaching methods taught today. Teachers, learners, curriculum, desired results, methodology and learning environment are each clarified profoundly in every philosophy. Some may be compared similarly while other elements differ drastically.
In education, the learners play a significant factor, each philosophy has a distinct view on how the learners come in and how they should learn. In Critical Pedagogy, the learner is not solely the learner but also seen as the teacher and learner. Able to share their experiences and struggles as a form of teaching through their own lessons. While in Classical Traditional/Conservative the learner is the complete opposite. The learner is a blank slate and knows nothing. As a Tabula rasa, born without the mental content acquiring information from the outside. Classical Traditional/Conservative does not view the learner as a child rather they are viewed as little adults with the absences of psychological understanding of what a child is. Although the learners in Classical Traditional/Conservative are to be obedient and well disciplined, they are to be receivers of knowledge. Given that they come in knowing nothing, the learner must need knowledge and become a passive listener. Dewey expresses you may only learn in a discipline…

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