RETURN
edited 4/23/12

Readings and Related Assignments for:
Distance Learning Projects , Independent Studies
and Advanced Preparation of Intensive Study Seminars

in

Philosophy of Education
developed by Edward G. Rozycki, Ed. D.


Chart of Possible Assignments (Click to jump to details)

Analyzing Cause
B. F. Skinner’s Walden Two
Compare and Contrast Educational Theories
Conceptual vs. Empirical
Corporal Punishment and Cruelty
Criteria for Punishment
Criteriological Analysis of your new theory
Criteriology
Developing Definitions
Functional Analysis of Behavior
General Assignment
Implicature

Moral Leadership
Multiculturalism
Operationalizing
Personal Educational Theory Survey
Race and Philosophy
Radical Empiricism, Positivism
Rationales for Intervention
Research a new theory of education
Rewards and Reinforcers
Teaching Efficiency
Teaching Values
Types of Explanation



List of Assigned Readings, Sources and Exercises Roughly Developmentally Ordered

1. Criteriology

Download and read the following document:

http://www.newfoundations.com/EGR/PhilEdCon.html
Your assignment relative to this document is to:
a. Find some statement of educational philosophy, e.g your school's philosophy
b. Compose critical questions for it;
c. Create criteriological questions from b.

2. Personal Educational Theory Survey

Download and complete the questionnaire at this site
http://www.newfoundations.com/GALLERY/Edsurvey.html
Then download the synopsis form at this site:
http://www.newfoundations.com/GALLERY/EdTheSyn.html
For an example of what you might do, download
http://www.newfoundations.com/GALLERY/Adler.html
In eight paragraphs corresponding to each of the major sections of the synopsis form, present your personal theory of education. Be sure to answer as many of the questions in each of the sections as you can. You need not format it like the Adler synopsis, but may use a narrative style.

3. Compare and Contrast Educational Theories

Write an essay comparing and contrasting your personal theory of education (see 2 above) with two theorists from this site:

http://www.newfoundations.com/GALLERY/Gallery.html



4. Research a new theory of education

Pick an individual from the Theorists in Education Gallery website that does not have an analysis linked to it and do that analysis, using the appropriate format, the synopsis form given at this site:

http://www.newfoundations.com/GALLERY/EdTheSyn.html


5. Criteriological Analysis of your new theory of education.

Do a criteriological analysis of some part of the theory of education you did research on in the previous assignment. Be careful to develop both critical and criteriological questions from it.
.

6. Analyzing Cause

Go on the World Wide Web and look up at least two articles on “cause” or “causation”. Read them then download the following:

../EGR/CausAnlys.html

Read it and do the exercises on it.

7. Types of Explanation

Go on the World Wide Web and look up at least two articles on “explanation”. Read them then download the following:

../EGR/Explanation.html
Read it and do the exercises on it.

8. Conceptual vs. Empirical

Go on the World Wide Web and look up at least two articles on “analytic vs. synthetic statements”. Read them then download the following

../EGR/conVemp.html
Read it and do the exercises on it.

9. Developing Definitions

Download the following:

http://www.newfoundations.com/EGR/PluralCrit.html
After reading this article and doing the preparatory exercises in it, answer the following:
Are the following definitions good ones?
1. Bullying is the use of physical force by one child on another;
2. To have a value is to behaviorally express a preference.
3. Illegal acts are those which it is unhealthy for society to tolerate.
4. Good teaching only happens when everyone learns what is taught.
5. Learning is a permanent change in behavior.
a. Use counterexamples of both kinds to evaluate these definitions.
b. Amend these definitions by considering the characteristics your counterexamples bring up.



10. Rationales for Intervention

Download the following:

http://www.newfoundations.com/EGR/Rationales.html
After reading this article, download the following intervention synopsis form:
../EGR/CueConcern.html
Consider an intervention you have recently observed or been involved in. Develop a rationale for it using the synopsis form.

11. Operationalizing

Go on the World Wide Web and look up at least two articles on “operationalizing”. Read them then download the following:

http://www.newfoundations.com/EGR/Oper.html
After reading this article, do the exercises on it.

12. Criteria for Punishment

http://www.newfoundations.com/EGR/SchoolViolence.html

After reading this article, paying particular attention to the various conceptions of punishment described in it, consider the disciplinary practices in a school where you have either been a student, or have worked in. Describe these practices and identify what model of punishment, metaphorical, psychological, etc. they were based on.


13. Teaching Values

Go on the World Wide Web and look up at least two articles on “values education”. Read them then download the following:

../EGR/ValuesConflict.html
Does this article support or contradict the articles you found on the WWW? Explain how.

14. Radical Empiricism, Positivism

Go on the World Wide Web and look up at least two articles on “positivism” or “radical empiricism. Read them then download the following:

../EGR/Empiricist.html
Do the exercises organizing your answers into a chart with the classification above, and the problems classified down the side.

15. Logic & Implicature

Go on the World Wide Web and look up articles on “implication,” “validity” and, particularly, “implicature” (se also “Grice”). Read them then download the following:

../EGR/HiddenLogic.html

../EGR/Connection.html

Do the exercises from both articles .

16. Moral Leadership

Download and read the following article on moral leadership:

http://www.newfoundations.com/EGR/MoralLeadership.html
Download the following instruction sheet on writing a synopsis:
../EGR/synopsis.html
Follow it to write a synopsis of the moral leadership article.


17. Teaching Efficiency

Download and read the following article on teaching efficiency:

http://www.newfoundations.com/EGR/Increasing.html

Download the following instruction sheet on writing a synopsis:
../EGR/synopsis.html
Follow it to write a synopsis of the teaching efficiency article.

18. Rewards and Reinforcers

Download and read the following article on rewards and reinforcers:

http://www.newfoundations.com/EGR/RewRein.html

Download the following instruction sheet on writing a synopsis:

../EGR/synopsis.html

Follow it to write a synopsis of the rewards and reinforcers article.

19. Corporal Punishment and Cruelty

Download and read the following article on corporal punishment:

http://www.newfoundations.com/EGR/Pain.html
Download the following instruction sheet on writing a synopsis:
../EGR/synopsis.html
Follow it to write a synopsis of the corporal punishment article.
20. B. F. Skinner’s Walden Two Download and read the following article on Walden Two:
../EGR//Walden.html
Download the following instruction sheet on writing a synopsis:
../EGR/synopsis.html
Follow it to write a synopsis of the corporal punishment article.


21. The Functional Analysis of Behavior

Download and read the following article on Functional Analysis of Behavior:

http://www.newfoundations.com/EGR/FunAnBeh.html
Download the following instruction sheet on writing a synopsis:
../EGR/synopsis.html

Follow it to write a synopsis of the functional analysis article.

22. Race and Philosophy

Download and read the following article on Philosophy, Race and Language

http://www.newfoundations.com/EGR/Racial.html

Download the following instruction sheet on writing a synopsis:

../EGR/synopsis.html

Follow it to write a synopsis of the race and philosophy article.

23. Multiculturalism

Download and read the following article on multiculturalism

../EGR/Gesell.html

Download the following instruction sheet on writing a synopsis:

../EGR/synopsis.html

Follow it to write a synopsis of the multiculturalism article.

24. General Assignment

Download and read at least two articles on a topic on which you have written a synopsis of an article.
Write an essay of contrast and comparison on that topic.


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