As a dedicated practitioner scholar, I believe that the very definition of psychology explains its goal. We need to understand the mental processes and behavior to use our body's chemistry to learn at our full learning potential. As a researcher, I believe that bias in some form will always be present, but it is our job to identify it and mitigate. As a consultant, I help others find thier strengths to create the opportunities that they desire.
My Teaching Philiosophy:
Below I will divulge more of my teaching philosophy, but the point is that learning should not hurt. Teaching should not hurt the instructor. One thing to note, a topic should not be taught if not completely understood. I don't mean that the professosr should only be able to cite sources and pass an advanced test showing knowledge. I am talking about understanding the material. Living and walking witht he material as a part of life.
The understanding should be a universal constant for every educator. As an educator it is important and necessary assimilate the knowledge you have and use it in new and exciting ways. We should recognize the lessons we teach as they are hapening in life, It is really good to know what conservation means in Human Develop,emt. It is better to understand what piaget meant by conservation, and to show archival footage of his experiments so that he can explain conservation as it is happening. But, if an educator can point out conservation as it is happening in our enviroment, then the lesson was taken to another level of understanding.
We might film our kids at home after a birthday party. The child has a rule that she can only keep toys that fit into her very large toybox. Now, that toybox might be overflowing before she brings in her new toys. The child, using conservation, will assure the parent that the new toys will fit. She proceeds to empty the toybox and store smaller toys in side the large toys to make addtional room. She might even stack the toys neatly to make more space. The child has learned conservation, but it goes further thatn understanding that a bowl and vase can both hold a cup of water and have different levels of the liquid's depth in the different containers.
Life is not a textbook, and we focus so often on the textbook that we miss the magic. By magic, I mean that we miss seeing and using the knowledge. It is pure magic to watch someone learn and use the information in a different and more practical setting. I know that you are thinking , "yeah, who buys 3oo oranges and 76 apples to give away 1/3 for every mile traveled." But we do learn by using the information gained in real life scenarios. We learn just as much from a mistake as we do a correct answer. That is the key are we learning from both our sucesses and 'failures'? Both ends of the stick are just as important as the other.