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The purpose of this assignment is to evaluate a particular educational philosophy that has influenced educational development throughout history. The educational philosophy will be evaluated in consideration of opposing views. Students may choose to analyze one of the following educational philosophies: essentialism, existentialism, idealism, pragmatism, progressivism, and realism. As students research and conduct the analysis, they demonstrate knowledge of educational philosophies of the past, discuss the historical context surrounding the educational philosophy, critically analyze the educational philosophy, relate the educational philosophy to their own educational beliefs and its relevance for today’s education and classrooms.I


This paper is based on the topic you selected from the choices listed in the overview for this assignment and should be in the current APA format.

Please note that this paper is not a personal philosophy of education and no previously submitted assignment can be submitted for this educational analysis paper.

Length: This paper is to be at least 5 pages in length from the introductory paragraph to the conclusion. This does not count the title page, abstract, or reference pages. 

Citations and References: Cite a minimum of seven sources throughout the paper and list them on the reference page. Of the five sources, one of them is required to be the course textbook. A minimum of three scholarly sources must be included in the section to critically analyze the educational philosophy. Other sources may include academic journal articles, books, and textbooks from other courses.

Structure: You have a great deal of latitude in how the paper is structured, but it should follow a logical progression of thought and the guidelines below. See the rubric for required elements.

1.   Title PagePagination: In APA, all pages are numbered. The title page should be page 1.Title: The title should not be the name of the assignment (i.e., Educational Philosophy Analysis). It should be related to the early educational pioneer that you have selected. The first letter of all words should be capitalized except for articles (e.g. a, an, the), conjunctions (e.g., and, but), and short prepositions (e.g., of, about), unless they appear as the first word, which is always capitalized. Center and bold your title and position it near the middle of the page or slightly above the middle.

Other Information on Title Page: All other information on the title page should comply with current APA requirements. 

2.   Abstract: The heading of the abstract should be centered and in bold font.Place the abstract at the top of a page by itself after the title page.Do not indent the first line.The abstract is a brief, comprehensive summary of the contents of the paper. It should present the main ideas and main conclusions/implications. Including the main ideas and conclusions in the abstract is much more important than a simple outline of the structure or headings. 

3.   Introduction: Do not use the word “Introduction” as a heading for this section. The purpose of the introductory paragraph is different from that of the abstract. Do not simply copy the abstract.In this section, introduce your thesis statement that will be developed throughout the paper. It is the main idea you are presenting. Save other supporting ideas for the body of the manuscript. Do not overload the introductory paragraph with too many concepts that distract from the key point of the thesis statement. It is best to place the thesis statement at the end of the introductory paragraph. It is typically one or two sentences that serve as a transition into the rest of the paper. Some writers choose to place it as the first sentence of the introduction. Either option is acceptable as long as the introduction is well written and has a logical progression of thought

. 4.   Summary and Historical Context: Centered in bold with all major words capitalized, enter the first Level 1 heading of your paper. (Level 2 headings are unnecessary for this short of a paper.) Use the words “Summary and Historical Context.” This brief section describes/summarizes the topic you have chosen so the reader understands the setting in which the topic developed. This is a succinct presentation of events or circumstances that may have influenced the topic. Include transitions that build a logical progression from the thesis statement in the introductory paragraph into the topic and its historical context.

5.   Critical Analysis: This Level 1 heading should be formatted the same as the previous one. Use the words “Critical Analysis.” This section should reflect various perspectives about the topic, including your own.

6.   Comparison of Educational Philosophy with Personal Educational Beliefs: This Level 1 heading should be formatted the same as the previous one. Use the words “Comparison  of Educational Philosophy with Personal Educational Beliefs.” This section should compare your personal beliefs about education to the educational philosophy you have selected.

7.   Implication for Today’s Education and Classroom: This Level 1 heading should be formatted the same as the previous one. Use the words “Implication for Today’s Education and Classroom.” This section should discuss the implications for use of this educational philosophy in America’s educational system and today’s classrooms.

8.   Conclusion: Use the same Level 1 formatting as you have done with your other headings above and enter the word “Conclusion”in centered, bold font. Although your conclusion should include concepts from the thesis statement in the introduction and should have some alignment with the title of the paper, you should not simply restate the thesis statement. Wrap up the paper by emphasizing your main idea and draw a clear conclusion. Typically, a good conclusion does not introduce new information. The conclusion is where you are to discuss implications about what you have already shared and relate ideas to current educational issues.

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