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 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 following.
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 inappropriateness,
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 takes place. 
  • Describe the abandoned or altered practices.
  • 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 coaching. 

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