Philosophies of education are important

Philosophies of education are important for teachers to understand, as these philosophies will guide a teacher’s educational beliefs, practices, and decisions. Early childhood education standards, such as the 2010 NAEYC Standards, are informed by well-researched educational philosophies. In order to develop a philosophical stance you will need to compare the different philosophies.

For this assignment, utilize resources found in the GCU Library to complete the “Early Childhood Educational Philosophies” template. Describe four main philosophies of education – perennialism, progressivism, essentialism, and reconstructivism – and at least one philosopher who influenced the development of the philosophy, and the timeframe in which it was developed. Be sure to include the following:

  • A description for each of the philosophies of education (origin, proponents, and main tenets).
  • A philosopher associated with each philosophy and the timeframe in which it was developed.
  • How each philosophy aligns with NAEYC standards and the child-centered approach.

Below the chart, write a 250-500 word reflection discussing one of the philosophies, and how it applies to the foundation of teaching practice.

Support your reflection with 2-3 scholarly references.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

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