Philosophy of Education

This paper uses the article “A Portrait of the Teacher as Friend and Artist: The Example of Jean- Jacques Rousseau” by McEwan (2011) as a lens text. Particular consideration regards identifying three ways that a person can teach by examples, the manner in which teaching by example not only influences the ethical and moral reasoning but also cultural sensitivity and awareness.

According to McEwan (2011), three ways in which an individual can teach by example include showing examples from which others can learn from based on other persons’ actions, setting the example the examples through self- proclamation and setting examples based on other persons’ experiences. In this view, teaching by example as informed by McEwan (2011) in the perspective of setting examples influences the learners’ ethical and moral reasoning in different ways. For example, the teacher has to possess to be in possession of certain personal virtues, skills, dispositions, and attitudes. In references to cultural sensitivity and awareness, teaching by setting an example and learning from example as the author infers from Aristotle’s discussion of ethics that people learn to be virtuous by growing up in a community that upholds virtues. In this context of society view, the three aspects of teaching by example promote cultural sensitivity and awareness by shaping individual’s character, behavior, and worldview.

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Personal experience related to teaching by example involved efforts to foster transformational leadership. I had to get work done and projects completed hands-on. Employees loved to work with me as their team leader since I always showed them in the field how challenges were handled and how they could use their different expertise to tackle advanced and more challenging tasks.



McEwan, H. (2011). A Portrait of the Teacher as Friend and Artist: The example of Jean‐Jacques Rousseau. Educational philosophy and theory43(5), 508-520.

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