Philosophy is a crucial discipline in human development that deals with ultimate nature of facts, reality, values, and existe

Basics in Teaching Philosophy

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Basics in Teaching Philosophy

Philosophy is a crucial discipline in human development that deals with ultimate nature of facts, reality, values, and existence. It significantly depends on the attitude and theories that are core in determining the behavioral response and acting as the guiding principle for general manners. Philosophy is interrelated to the psychological concepts by which one believe in and is challenging to put aside one these two aspects when studying the other. Psychology comes up with various theories and facts explaining the level by which the environmental, biological and the ecological factors primarily determine the human and non-human behavior. For instance, the Social Cognitive Theory is an essential element not only in psychology but also in the communication and education sectors. In this paper, aspects of self-analysis and reflection, the teaching philosophy, and personal fit and challenges are elaborated.

To start with is the bit of reflection and self-analysis regarding the critical aspects of this course and change its impacts to the individual’s conscience and psychology. There are many assumptions that people about teaching and psychological development during the learning process and social interactions. Philosophy is a crucial discipline that helps learners to appropriately interpret the fundamental factors affecting mind development and the learning theories that are associated with philosophy. When starting the course, there were some assumptions that I believed in that are entirely different to what I know now and the way if thinking. First is the assumption that philosophy was not in any instance interrelated with psychology. It was difficult to relate the two, and the belief was that these two disciplines could not at any instance correlate.

However, after studying the course, it comes to my realization that these two disciplines go hand in hand and one cannot do without the other. Philosophy widely deals with the curious facts concerning ethics, the nature of mind and knowledge. While on the other hand, psychology composes diversion of matters regarding social cognitive, childhood development, information processing and social interaction among many others. It surprisingly comes to my understanding that these two disciplines are connected, and to study philosophy there must first come the perspective of psychology. For instance, in learning about the nature of mind, there must come the attribute of the factors the lead to mental development, and this automatically comes from psychological aspects such as social interactions and the development of that particular child.

Secondly, the other assumption that substantially changed after the study of this course was about the relationship between social interactions and the development of language and mind. It was a belief that thought and fluency in language could only be achieved through studying if not natural. After the course, it came to my realization as one interrupts with others plays a vital role in the same. It is evident from practical experience that even the sharp students and the perfect ones in speaking are good social interactors. They will at all the time be attentive and active audience whether in class or other areas. As individual struggles to answer and ask a question or be involved in an instance that requires specific reaction, the minds are active leading not only to language improvement but also to their thought development as well as understandability. Therefore, it is essential to interact with others in every field that one is as it also enhances the development of self-expression ability. Parents and teachers should not impact fear to children as they develop so that they will grow with proper social interacting skills.

The third assumption that was there before acquiring the philosophical knowledge involved the effect of physical factors on the behavior of a person. Before, it was not to my recognition that the environment an individual is fostered to impact the psychology and behavior of that particular person significantly. There was a change after going through the education curriculum where I came to understand that environmental factors are critical in shaping the kind of a person that child will become at maturity. For instance, the children who mostly have challenges in language and poor understandability are likely to have nature in the unconducive environment to proper children growth. An excellent example of such physical factor is the torture of a child by the parents at home. The child will at all the time live in fear even to interact with others and to express himself all through unless a change occurs on the growth path. Hence, such a child will not be active in class and will at not instance think broader than what is stipulated to him. It will not only lead to significant retardation of the brain but also poor communication skills as the child will at no any time put into practice the aspects taught in class.

Furthermore, the other section to be elaborated in this paper involves the teaching philosophy. Considering the application of the knowledge and skills equipped throughout the course, as a teacher there will be perfection in putting in practice the skills to that capability of students understanding the concepts. The activities to be applied in the teaching process includes proper scrutinizing the philosophy learning models and students having practical sessions to put the skills acquired into practice. Also, the use of the psychological concepts is vital to enhance better understanding of philosophy. The learning theory that has shaped the thinking of how student learn best is the social cognitive theory. It postulates that the behavior of an individual is directly related to the environmental and personal factors. It applies to communication, psychology, and education, as it proposes that knowledge gaining of a person, is directly proportional to the observation of others regarding know-how, social media influences, and social interactions.

The social cognitive theory would look like the co-factor in ensuring proper development of the students’ psychology as it perceives learning as an internal process that is achieved through observation and response from the environment. The learning model enhances motivation which leads to attention in observing essential aspects of model’s behavior, retention of the learned ideas in the memory and reproduction where the students emulate the model’s actions. The students’ incentives according to this theory come directly from personal instinct, from the others, and self-reinforcement. In applying the theory puts self-regulatory process as a vital procedure in learning. It involves goal setting regarding one’s plan for change and conduct, self-monitoring through comparison of the performance with the targeted objective and evaluation by determining the quality of judgment and if possible providing self-gained impacts.

For instance, the practical activity to be used in class based on the social cognitive theory reflection and discussion. Each student will take an instance when he or she entirely self-regulated a thing and come up with factors which facilitated to the success of the self-regulation. After that each will present the individual findings to the rest of the class and discuss the psychological aspects related to enhancing effective planning, monitoring and evaluating. Also, self-reinforcement and vicarious are used as the motivational constructs in the class. Through self-reinforcement, the students will have the ability to carry out self-assessment on whether or not have achieved the expected goals. For example, through perfection in presentation, the student will know that the practical psychological aspects such as social interaction have a sound impact. Through vicarious, the student at an individual level will be challenged by the others hence having the incentive to work hard so that at a time to be better off.

Additionally, are the challenging and sensitive social and cultural aspects that affect the interaction of students within the classroom. They include ethnicity, race, sex, gender, family structure, religious identity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. The cultural differences that majorly affects social interaction in the classroom are religious identity and ethnicity. Considering religious identity, students come from various cultural backgrounds hence belong to different religious beliefs. It causes a significant effect during the class session and application of psychological aspects as some student claims some activities are bound their religion and others fear to interact with a specific race. For instance, many Muslims are segregated by their colleagues due to the Islamophobia that has emerged in the society relating Islam to assailants. Ethnicity to a greater extent also combats the interactions of the students. Depending on the instinct and the community where an individual is developed some behaviors are out of bond due to cultural restrictions. These students will strictly follow their principles even in class, and they are not willing to do critical things that might improve their skills.

Finally, is the segment involving illustration of the personal fitness and the challenges faced during the teaching experience? The college level is the best to teach in this case. The significant personal that facilitates perfection in teaching this grade level includes the skills and commitment. First, qualification in the philosophy field is accredited to tutoring a tertiary level class. It was evident with the results that were excellent and not only appealing to them but also their parents and other tutors. Secondly, my commitment and availability in providing the teaching services. College students are available at awkward time strategies, hence requires to be taught by a person who is flexible and can accordingly adjust the scheduled program.

According to the discussion above, philosophy is to a great depth related psychological aspects. In teaching philosophy believes, it is inevitable to use the learning theories that are substantially based on psychology. These two disciplines are essential in the society in controlling the socio-economic activities and cultural beliefs. Social cognitive theory is among the best modules that are effective in teaching philosophy and enhancing social interactions. Social interactions are crucial to every human life as they enhance brain and language development which are the critical features in children’s growth. Communications facilitate the development of self-expression skills that are beneficial to human beings social life.


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