The Realist Philosophy in Education

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The realist philosophy views the learner as a sense mechanism, a cog in the education machine (Ozmon, 2012). The teachers serve as a demonstrator, an authoritative guide, who serves as the expert of the applicable subject matter (Ozmon, 2012). The teacher would share their knowledge of reality to their students as it relates to the physical world and their reality (Ozmon, 2012). The realist curriculum is the subject matter of the external world and the realist teaching method as mastering hard facts and organized systematic information (Ozmon, 2012). According to the realist philosophy students are taught factual information for mastery in order to survive in the material world (Ozmon, 2012). The realist philosophy aligns with the purpose of any academic advising program as both the purpose of education for both realists and academic adviser is to teach knowledge that will provide students with the skills necessary to achieve a secure life (Ozmon, 2012). Realist education theory and the academic advising philosophy promote the meaningful development of academic plans that align with the student’s life goals (Ozmon, 2012). This paper will discuss the realist education theory as it relates to the purpose of an academic advising program in higher education by analyzing the aims of education, curriculum, role of the teacher, and teaching methods in the realism education model and academic advising model.
Aims of Education
The aim of education according to
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