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The Soule Purpose of Education

In 1914, John Alexander Smith, Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford, addressed the first session of his two-year lecture course as follows:

“Gentlemen, you are now about to embark on a course of studies that (will) form a noble adventure…Let me make this clear to you. ..nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life – save only this – that if you work hard and intelligently, you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole purpose of education.”

That quote reminds me of the famous Joan Robinson line: “The purpose of studying economics is not to acquire a set of ready-made answers to economic questions, but to learn how to avoid being deceived by economists.” Source The Sole Purpose of Education

Changing Education Paradigms is an 11 minute video from Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. It is the most significant analysis of Western education I've encountered since I began teaching in 1966.


Teacher Stuff

Free High School Textbooks
One-Page Handouts

Human Development
Educational Psychology
Philosophy of Education

Special Needs Teaching

Free Books
Videos for New Teachers
Learning Theory
Interesting Sites

Teaching Tools from the Internet
Teaching Tips

Free Classes on The Art of Teaching
The Art of Teaching
Career Information

Human Development
Developmental Psychology: lessons for teaching and learning developmental psychology
Developmental psychology at The Psychology Wiki
Developmental psychology forum
GMU’s On-Line Resources for Developmental Psychology
: developmental psychology organizations
The Society for Research in Child Development
EPNET - Educational Psychology forum

Educational Psychology
Educational psychology - Wikipedia

Educational psychology textbook at
Educational Psychology Resources by Athabasca University
Educational Psychology Interactive
The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing




Learning Theory
Cognitive Psychology-- S. R. Schmidt, Middle Tenn. State University
has class notes with tests.
Theories of Learning summarizes the basics.

Engagement Theory: A Framework for Technology Based Learning
Institute for Learning Technologies from Columbia University
James Atherton’s Learning & Teaching site
Don Clark's Systems Approach to Training
Are you a visual, auditory, or hands on learner?
Take a learning styles questionnaire.
Looking at Learning…Again, Part 1
his video workshop for K-12 teachers and administrators features seven leading educators who share their ideas on how children really learn.
Looking at Learning…Again, Part 2
Through personal interviews, teacher discussions, and classroom video footage, this video workshop for K-12 teachers and administrators encourages educators to analyze existing theories about how children learn.The Learning Classroom: Theory Into Practice
This video course is an exploration of learning theory for K-12 teachers.
Learning Science Through Inquiry
This video workshop for K-8 teachers shows inquiry teaching and learning in action — how it works and how it benefits students.
Minds of Our Own
for K-12 educators and parents shows how traditional teaching methods are often built upon false assumptions about learning.

Philosophy of Education

An Interesting overview is provided by

Edward G. Rozycki, Ed.D,. of Widener University

"Philosophy and Education: what's the connection?"

Pre-read "Slogans in Education." Through operationalization, you will be able to distinguish between merely verbal pseudo-solutions and realistic, operational solutions to educational problems.

You will be able to analyze vision and mission statements in terms of critical questions and criteria questions.

You will be able to construct and evaluate definitions from case examples.

Course from BOB CORBETT of Webster University

Unit One: What is the purpose of education?   All the files for this first unit's work. This unit includes a very basic introduction to the course, especially what it is that makes this a philosophy course and not an education course. We will inquire into what are reasons we ourselves might give to defend a view of what formal education is all about. Lastly, Corbett will introduce the moral emphasis in the questions of philosophy of education.
Unit Two: Ivan Illich   All the files for this second unit's work. We will read and discuss selections from his DESCHOOLING SOCIETY.
Unit Three: Philippe Aries and the history of childhood    The readings and discussion for this week focus on the work of Philippe Aries and the discipline of the history of childhood which his book CENTURIES OF CHILDHOOD inspired.
Unit Four: Ron Miller's WHAT ARE SCHOOLS FOR?    We will read and discuss this contemporary attempt to address, from a more or less radical perspective, the question of what education ought to be about.
Unit Five: Paulo Freire and education for critical consciousness and non-formal education.   The work of Paulo Freire is mainly outside the formal classroom and with adults who are learning in order to change their own reality, not to be credentialed for economic purposes.
Unit Six: Bowles and Gintis sociological/economic analysis of the American educational system from a Marxist standpoint.   We will look at three Bowles and Gintis positions: the nature of meritocracy; the argument that meritocracy is not an accurate description of what happens; the argument that describes what the "actual" achievement of the school is.
Unit Seven: Cyber Space and Education    Cyber space seems to be the technological advance which has the greatest potential to radically impact education, even formal education. We will explore some of those possibilities, especially in light of Ivan Illich's notions of "learning webs."  

Materials provided by Linda Gottfredson for her course Educational Assessment for Classroom Teachers at the University of Delaware.

Chapter Overheads

1 (Context, Issues, and Trends)

Additional Readings

2002 Gallup Poll on Education (Skim)

2 (Role of Assessment in Teaching)
Chapter 3 (Instructional Goals and Objectives)
Revised Bloom Taxonomy Comments on revised Bloom taxonomy Another chart describing the Bloom levels Sample "yardsticks" for the evaluation level
4 (Validity)
5 (Reliability)
6 (Planning Classroom Tests and Assessments What to study for Test 1
7 (Simple Forms)
8 (Multiple Choice)
Repeat entry: 8 (Multiple Choice)
 9 (Interpretive Exercise)
Sample rubrics and rating scales
10 (Essay Questions)  
11 (Performance-Based Assessment)
12 (Portfolios)
Sample rubrics and rating scales
What to study for Test 2
14 (Assembling, Administering, and Evaluating a Test) Aims and Procedures for a Simplified Item Analysis
18 (Test Selection, Administration, and Use)
19 (Interpreting Standardized Tests Scores)

Chapter 15 (Grading and Reporting) and
Combining Grades in the Real World Overheads

Glutting's Guide to Interpreting Test Scores
Hills Handy Hints on how to interpret derived scores.
Handy standard score conversion tables:
z scores to percentiles
IQ scores to percentiles
IQ subtest scores to percentiles
T scores to percentiles
Summary table of conversions among different standard scores

Special Needs Teaching and Learning

Life on a Tricycle: Social Challenges of
Children with Language Impairment
HTML, PDF, mp3, iPod,
Video Stream

Interesting Sites

Peter Suber's Guide to Philosophy on the Internet
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Information Age Education
is an interesting Blog.
John William ope Center for Higher Education Policy will keep you current on post-secondary issues.

Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
The Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society
Southeast Philosophy of Education Society

Teaching Tools from the Internet

Free Excel Stuff for Teachers
4Teachers has many useful teaching tools.
EdTechTalk is a webcasting network of educators dedicated to helping those involved in technology.
Developing Teachers is for language teachers.
Education Software
from Schoolforge.net
Free Software/Web Tools for Teachers
Adobe - Digital School Collection Teacher Resources

Free Books
Communication, Affect, & Learning in the Classroom
Democracy and Education by John Dewey
Blended Learning in K-12 from Wikibooks
Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Science
Learning Theories from Wikibooks
Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
from Wiki
Intro Statistics: Concepts, Models, and Applications uses SPSS. 
Web 2:0, Tools in Education: A Guick Guide

Online University: 100 Most Inspiring and Innovative Blogs for Educators
"Philosophy of Education". In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Thinkers of Education. UNESCO-International Bureau of Education website
Philosophy of Liberal Education
Explorations in Learning & Instruction: The Theory Into Practice Database

Information and Communication Technology e-books
Masters of Arts in Teacher Education (International)" useful. You can download it from the Commonwealth of Learning site

aster of Arts in Teacher Education Course Materials (International)

Videos for New Teachers provided by Best Universities

Pre-School Teacher Video: Educational Requirements for Pre-School Teachers. Watch this video to learn what kind of education you need to get started as a pre-school teacher.
Approach to teaching. New teachers will learn useful tips from this experienced teacher.
Empowering New Teachers: Bank Street College of Education. Learn how this college teaches new educators ways to effectively communicate with students.
Curry School of Education: Early Classroom Exposure Improves Teacher Preparation. Find out how prospective teachers are learning more helpful teaching techniques from actual in-class experience.
Teacher-Preparation Overview: A Survey of Top Programs. Learn which teaching programs are the top in the US and why they are rated among the best.

The Art of Teaching

Teaching is an art form in itself, so take these classes to continue learning and shaping the talent you already share with your students.

Academics and Academia. Gender differences in learning and how it impacts the classroom experience is the focus of this class, as well as how gender issues affect those in academia. [MIT]

Thinking about how I work with other professionals. This course allows self-exploration as you examine the ways you work with other teachers and administrators. It also allows for self-reflection on how to improve your working relationships while maintaining your values and beliefs. [The Open University]

Working with young people: roles and responsibilities. Learn about the different roles adults play in the life of young people, discover the role you play as a teacher, and learn to develop the role model you wish to be for your students. [The Open University]

Teaching for good behaviour. This course explores the ways you can set up your lessons to engage students while minimizing problem behavior. Learn to adjust lesson format, delivery, and content for great results. [The Open University]

Evaluating school classroom discussion. Discussion is an important part of the classroom experience. Find out how to successfully implement discussion in your classroom to better facilitate the learning process for your students. [The Open University]

Enhancing pupil learning on museum visits. It’s no big news that students learn in different ways. This class helps you embrace these differing learning styles while on museum field trips. [The Open University]

Teach Global. Learn about the Teach Global program in this course where you can also find resources about the program and learn about other similar courses. [The Open University]

Introducing observational approaches in research with children and young people. Observation and research are the focus of this class where you will learn about observation as a research tool, the differences between quantitative and qualitative research, and learn the difference between describing and explaining in a research study. [The Open University]

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