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Often interviewers or an application for a position will ask you to describe your educational philosophy. A helpful guide to get started in writing a statement is offered under Developing a Philosophy Statement.

In educational philosophy courses, distinct branches of philosophy with a set of beliefs are often discussed, including progressivism, perennialism, essentialism, and existentialism. You can relate themes of your philosophy to these major philosophical positions. Before you go to a job interview, it is valuable to know if the school district has a driving philosophy or mission that determines curricular materials and teaching methods. 

A readable chapter with philosophy statements written by K-8 teachers is available from Best Classroom Practices: What Award Winning Elementary Teachers Do by Randi Stone. 

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Roberta Devlin-Scherer, Seton Hall University
January 2, 2003
Updated  02/06/03
devlinrb@shu.edu