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  • 1. The implications of Realism for the goals of education, curriculum, and instruction. Advanced Philosophy of Education
  • 2. Goals of Education for Realists • Notions of the good life, truth, beauty could be answered through the study of ideas, using the dialectical method…for contemporary realists, the goal of education is to help individuals understand and apply the principles of science to help solve the problems plaguing the modern world • Teachers should be steeped in the basic academic disciplines
  • 3. Aims of Education • Provide the students with essential knowledge he will need to survive in the natural world • To teach truth rather than beauty • To understand the present practical life
  • 4. Nature of curriculum • The realists believe that the most efficient and effective way to find out about reality is to study it through organized, separate, and systematically arranged subject matter • Subject-mattered centered • Emphasizes the subject matter of the physical world, particularly science and mathematics
  • 5. Role or character of teacher • Initiator and facilitator • Practical • Organizer • authoritarian
  • 6. Role or character of learners • Discover of knowledge through sensation and abstraction, good at classifying and sorting objects based on their characteristics
  • 7. Instruction/Methods of teaching • . Education should proceed from simple to complex and from concrete to abstract • Students to be taught to analyze rather than to construct • Vernacular to be the medium of instruction • . Repetition is necessary for retention • More emphasis on questioning and understanding.