When I reflect on my Foundations of Education module, I look back on all that I have learned, even in this short time. From the education in Ireland in the 1900’s to Vygotsky and his scaffolding theory to Carol Dweck’s idea of the Growth Mindset.
It has certainly been a challenging few months, but with a great challenge I have gained great knowledge. Here are some of the areas of story I have found particularly useful going forward as a teacher:
I had always heard of equality. Equality in treatment of people, equality of education and equality of life, but equity? This was a new term to me. I always heard the term “fair is fair” or “ye have to be equal”. This made sense to me, treat everyone the same and nobody can complain or accuse you of not being fair, but I have learned that by treating everyone the exact same, can actually achieve the exact thing you were trying to avoid, inequality.
I have learned that while equality is a good first step, it is equity that we should be striving for in life and education. That no matter the individual’s circumstances that we are trying to give them the exact same chance.
This image is a great example of equity, giving each person what they require to be able to see the match. If we gave them all 1 box each only 1 person would be able to watch, but by catering for their individual needs, by providing equity the end result is a success for everyone. This can be seen in Education also, by providing students with extra resources, supports and assist teachers we can create equity for all.
I had little to no knowledge about philosophers or educational philosophers before I started Hibernia. Indeed a lot of what we did, I found difficult to understand. However what I was able to do was break it down simply so that I could take away 1 or 2 points about each philosopher and how I relate it to my own philosophy.
My belief is it must be student centered, the teacher is there to assist and support in the learning of students, and to provide support where a challenge exists.
I am currently undertaking a Masters in Primary Education. I have previous experience working in the hospitality industry and the leisure industry. I have a Bachelors of Science Degree from I.T. Tralee in Health and Leisure.
I am really looking forward to a challenging and worthwhile 2 years ahead where I hope to be able to say I am a qualified Primary Teacher.
I enjoy keeping active and fit as hobbies during my free time as well as socialising with friends.
From my studies, I found the history of Irish Education very interesting. To see how different the educational system was in the early 1900’s compared to modern day education. The history of education has expanded from Irish only taught subjects, to having to complete the Primary Education Certificate.
The focus on the 3 R’s as it was known of Reading, Writing, Arithmetic was very evident of the style of learning of repeat, repeat, repeat. In comparision to Modern Day Education where we now know the different types of learners in each classroom and that everyone does not learn the same.
The above image shows the breakdown of children attending school. It is clear to see the enormous drop of children attending secondary school and receiving a strong education. Going back to the 1960’s when my parents would have attended school, it was clear to see it was a different time, many people did not even finish primary school education let alone complete the Intercert. Students were leaving school at 14, 15 and entering the workforce to support their families. For many of those students that was the last of education they would see. It is vital to put into context that Ireland was a very different place, socially and economically, however it does give you a good appreciation of how education has developed rapidly and how in truth we are very lucky to receive the education that we do at present.