May 21, 2024  
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2016-2017 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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ED 570 - The Reflective Educator

Provides the philosophical and values base for meaningful, civil teaching and learning. Knowledge without reflection, values, principles, and vision can be, and historically has been, dangerous. This course provides an in-depth framework for understanding social responsibility and contribution in the teaching and learning transaction.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: None

Final Assessment: Final Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Through the art of reflection, examine, assess, and appreciate your own personal life journey and critically reflect upon the responsibilities, challenges, and personal rewards of your vocation as a teacher.
  • Identify and develop those vocational ideals that have the potential to nurture contemporary schools and society.
  • Examine some of the ethical, communal, and spiritual dimensions of the teaching/learning act and formulate a personal ethics of teaching.
  • Recognize teaching as a moral act; identify the moral dimensions of the school environment (including both the implicit and explicit curriculums); and assess the moral climate of your own educational setting.
  • Identify the impact of culture, societal values, and moral ideas upon contemporary education.
  • Examine and critique recent school reform proposals, emphasizing the quest for individual and spiritual fulfillment and an authentic experience of community.
  • Articulate a professional point of view that is guided by reason rather than rhetoric, a personally appropriated value position, and vigilant self-reflection; act with the integrity that comes from knowing what one is doing and why one is doing it; and define who the self is that teaches.

Credits: 3

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