Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
As a school administrator, I have been responsible for the implementation of my philosophy of education, i.e., that people work, live or learn best by working as a community. By community, I mean a group of people working together toward common goals, and whose interactions are characterized by the elements of understanding, trust, openness and respect for each other's professional and personal lives. I have designed the administrative procedures: interviewing, training and development, and decision and policy making to incorporate these elements and encourage the spirit of community. To evaluate the implementation of my philosophy, I have provided examples of staff members' interactions, examples of how the administrative procedures have or have not facilitated the development of the community, and the results of a job attitude survey given to all staff members. The administrative procedures, as originally designed, have been evaluated and modified to meet individual staff member's and the community's needs. Most successful of the procedures has been interviewing. Training and development procedures, a problem when the school first opened, are now proceeding more smoothly. Decision and policy making procedures are being re-designed to encourage greater participation of the staff. Despite the design problems of some of the administrative procedures and occasional transgressions from community-like interactions on the part of some staff members, the elements of community and the sharing of goals, as shown by the results of the attitude survey, do characterize the working relationships of staff members. Hence, I conclude that I have been successful in implementing my philosophy.
Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Administration and Supervision
Sefcheck, Joseph T., "Implementing My Philosophy of Education as a School Administrator" (1981). MA TESOL Collection. 323.