~ A presentation on July 15, 2015 ~
Savannah Technical College, Savannah, GA (49 slides)
My Philosophy of Education
G. Andrew Page
I prefer the metaphor of the “navigator” as opposed to the more popular conceptualization of “facilitator” when describing and defining my educational philosophy. You are not the controlling captain but represent the individual who points out the way for a safe and fulfilling journey. In order to support or scaffold the learning of others, a navigator must have a true passion for education as well as the content. It MUST be readily apparent from all students and this dynamic evolves over time into a contagious part of their demeanor. I am a strong believer in diversity and my background as a math educator teaching for 10 years in the inner city of Savannah, Georgia has made me thankful for the opportunity to make the world a more informed and equitable place to live. The experiential learning alone has afforded me an epistemic transformation.My dissertation and subsequent publications embody themes of social justice, equity, and empowerment with educational technology. We, as a society, can only advance as quickly and effectively as we can communicate our ideas and the power and promise of technology can support these efforts of empowerment. These passions are what brought me out of my “comfort zone” at the University of Georgia to work in an environment where I would not only be personally challenged in many ways, but, where the need was greatest due to the societal disparities. While working at the University of Alaska and Alaska Pacific University (2004-current), I witnessed the marginalization of Native Alaskans along with persistent poverty and disenfranchisement. I have been very fortunate and honored to have been associated with the opportunity of navigating the learning of those in the “Last Frontier”. We are all teachers. We are all learners.
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