Statement of Educational Philosophy (5-7 pages, double spaced)
This is a commonly requested supplementary submission for jobs and positions in a wide range of education-related fields and, as a result, it is important for students to become comfortable with articulating an educational philosophy. Typically, a philosophy of education statement weighs in on the following “educational commonplaces”—the elements that exist in all educational contexts regardless of subject matter or activity. For more on writing an educational philosophy, see: http://www.edulink.org/portfolio/philosophies.htm
a. Teacher: what is the role of the teacher/leader in the educational space?
For outdoor educators, you should think through what kind of leadership style appeals to you and why. How does one “teach” in outdoor contexts? What is effective? Why?
b. Student: what is the role of the student/learner in the educational space?
Again, for outdoor educators, how do you approach and see the student or learner? How much responsibility do you give them? How much risk is enough? Too much? How do you view not just individual students but students as they interact in social spaces? Is everyone an “A” student to you? How do you approach students who misbehave or are not succeeding for any number of reasons?
c. Subject Matter: what role does the content or the subject matter play?
Is skill development the most important part for you? Ethical and moral reasoning? Ability to work well in groups? Self-awareness? How do all these “content” or “subject matter” elements of outdoor education fit together and get prioritized for you?
d. Social Context: what informs the educational space?
How do you see the world fitting into outdoor education? What is the purpose of outdoor education in the larger social context? Power and identity issues like race, class, and gender might come into play here alongside climate change, global:local intersections, environmental ethics, self-responsibility, democratic and participatory societies, etc.