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Ch 4: Major Philosophies of Education Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Major Philosophies of Education chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach behaviorism, constructivism and other educational philosophies in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Major Philosophies of Education chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day TopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayBehaviorism, Constructivism and Critical Theory Overviews of behaviorism, constructivism and critical theory with an emphasis on professional teaching applications
TuesdayHumanism and Information Processing The humanistic approach to education and theory of information processing, including examples
WednesdayJeffersonian concepts and Pragmatism In-depth summary of President Thomas Jefferson's approach to education and the practical application of pragmatism
ThursdayPerennialism and Progressivism Comparison of perennialism and progressivism philosophies with examples
Friday Realism and Connectionism Philosophies and practical applications of realism and connectionism in the classroom

11 Lessons in Chapter 4: Major Philosophies of Education Lesson Plans
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Behaviorism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

1. Behaviorism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

How can teachers use rewards and punishments to guide student behavior and learning? In this lesson, we will look at how behaviorism applies to the classroom, including the concepts of reinforcement, punishment, and extinction.

Constructivism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

2. Constructivism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

Learning through real-world experiences with others allows students to grow and understand things more easily. In this lesson, we'll examine constructivism in depth, including social learning, the zone of proximal development, and project-based learning.

Critical Theory: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

3. Critical Theory: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

Just because things have always been viewed a certain way, doesn't mean that way is correct. In this lesson, we'll explore critical theory and how teachers can open their classrooms up to offer everyone a chance at success.

Humanism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

4. Humanism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

How can you get students to live up to their potential? In this lesson, we'll explore humanism and some practical applications of it for the classroom, including how self-directed learning and self-evaluation can lead to lifelong learners.

Information Processing Theory: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

5. Information Processing Theory: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

How does information make its way to memory? How do people learn? In this lesson, we'll examine the information processing theory of learning, including the process of memory, cognitive load, chunking, and automaticity.

Jeffersonianism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

6. Jeffersonianism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

Thomas Jefferson was a founding father whose ideals have impacted much of modern American life, hundreds of years after his life. In this lesson, we'll look at the legacy he left in the American education system, a philosophy known as Jeffersonianism.

Pragmatism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

7. Pragmatism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

There are many different ways to approach education. Watch this lesson to find out about one of them, pragmatism, and the way that it combines practical and experiential learning to offer students a chance to grow and learn.

Perennialism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

8. Perennialism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

What should schools focus their curricula on? In this lesson, we'll examine perennialism, the philosophy of education that proposes that schools should focus on the classics and evergreen ideas, and we'll examine how teachers can design curricula based on this concept.

Progressivism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

9. Progressivism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

How do students learn best? And how can teachers help students grow? In this lesson, we'll examine progressivism, including the way that education can focus on the whole child. We'll also discuss active learning and the scientific method.

Realism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

10. Realism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

If a tree falls in a wood and no one hears it, does it make a sound? Find out what that classic riddle has to do with the Greek philosopher Aristotle and modern teaching methods in this lesson, which will cover educational realism.

Connectionism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

11. Connectionism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

Ever notice how the sight of a piece of chocolate cake can make you drool? In this lesson, we'll look at why that is and how it can influence a person's learning as we explore connectionism and the three laws associated with it.

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