Education 721: Fundamentals of Curriculum
Education 703: Theories of Learning
Education 783: The
Education 784: The Creative Teacher
ED 726: Models of teaching
790 - Brain-based Learning
Leslie Owen Wilson 2004,
ED 701 Questions
General Exam Instructions: As
you answer your question, please make sure you provide concrete examples
as support. Keep an eye on the clock. If you are running short of time,
or if you think you will run short on time, you may outline or web parts
of your answer.
Answers will be considered for
their completeness, the support you offer, and your ability to draw professional
conclusions by synthesizing personal, professional experience with academic
and scholarly support. If during the answering of the question you can
offer support from an authoritative sources, please do so.
Choose 1 question from the
Question #1 - Despite the intensity and
philosophical orientations of our formal undergraduate
educational training, most of us (at least in the beginning
of our careers) simply teach the way we were taught. If we
grow as professionals, often we come out of this and take
the lead to change our practices over time.
If this is true in your case, explore social
learning theory at a deeper personal level by indicating 3
primary practices that were vestiges of your previous
schooling or coaching experiences.
You should have subsequently changed or abandoned these
techniques or practices due to reflecting on their continued
ineffectiveness, because you have found better ways of
teaching or coaching, or because you have learned or
adjusted your techniques due to conflicts in your advanced
educational training or emerging beliefs about how learning
- Describe the abandoned or
- Categorize them philosophically
or within ed psych categories offering brief explanations
and justifications for your categorization.
- Indicate why you abandoned or
changed them, and how those changes were more effective or
comfortable for you.
- Categorize your new practices
philosophically - Where do they fall in the categorical
array from your studies in this course?
Question #2 - Unfortunately our Dunn text is a bit
incomplete as it omits some philosophies that are Eastern in
nature, or ones that are a bit more holistic like Steiner's
Waldorf "head, hand, heart" philosophy of learning.
Investigate an alternative educational or coaching
philosophy -- one you do use or might use.
- Describe it by offering enough
history, details or examples to give me an idea of its major
points, orientations, and distinctive differences.
- Justify why you were drawn or
intrigued by some of its concepts.
- Offer examples of how you might,
or do, use any of the concepts in your teaching or