By Jonathan Steffen
A family’s perspective on education will greatly impact on how they evaluate past experiences and potential options. Many families haven’t considered theories of learning because these philosophies are deeply ingrained in their home culture or highly controlled by their government.
Also, in many contexts, education is seen exclusively as the domain of the school, and parents will take little note of the school’s foundational values. Schools are trusted to know how to produce successful citizens, and this task is outsourced to the schools.
A family living internationally may have more educational choices than in their home country and will need to consider the underlying perspective on education for any school they are considering.
It’s also important for you to identify your own perspective on education. Below are some questions to consider when evaluating your perspective on education or that of the educational option you are considering.
Major Educational Perspectives
Most educational systems will be influenced by one or more of the prominent guiding philosophies or views of what educational outcomes should be, how those are achieved, and who should play the various roles in the process. You might recognize elements of the following perspectives as you begin to understand the educational philosophy of the options you are considering.
Teachers make more educational decisions.
Students make more educational decisions.
Societal needs drive educational decisions.
Read more at Learning-Theories.com
If you plan to educate your child at home, and considering the style or method for doing so, you may recognize some of the philosophies above in the curriculum or models you are considering. You can read more about the Approaches to Home Education at World Family Education.
The next step toward developing a good educational plan is to explore educational options for those living internationally.