ICS Calendar Title: Philosophy and Education: The Formation of Persons
ICS Course Code: ICS 2400AC W14
Instructors: Doug Blomberg (convenor), Nik Ansell, Rebekah Smick
Term and Year: Winter 2014 (Wednesdays, 9:30am-12:30 pm)
Last Updated: 26 January 2014
Philosophy has often been construed as more than an intellectual undertaking: Pierre Hadot, among others, considers it as a way of life or a spiritual exercise. It is thus a process of formation, a concern with (self-)education. This may often be an implicit theme for philosophers, in their concern for the meaning of humanness and the proper goals of life, and the nature of the larger world and our relations with it (how we come to know and value being primary interests). Whereas these matters are of evident significance for conceptions of education, since early times philosophers have also reflected explicitly on the conduct of institutionalised and informal education, long before specialist philosophers of education emerged as a distinct guild.
Education is itself forming in(to) a way of life and educational practitioners have from time to time reflected philosophically on it. Paulo Freire is one prominent example, his influential ruminations being rooted in the very practical – and as he emphasises, also political – project of helping oppressed people achieve literacy. Obviously, Isocrates, Socrates and many other philosophers since were also teachers first and foremost. Like philosophy, education is similarly concerned with preparing people to live a particular kind of life, thus depending on the ways in which life’s primary purposes are construed.
This course will thus include philosophical reflections that emerge from both starting points.
We will explore the parallels and intersections between philosophy and education, by examining influential texts on education by those usually renowned as philosophers in the general sense (Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft) and those known more for their focus on education (Castiglione, Freire, Noddings).
Most of the authors we will study assume a form of Christian faith. We will be particularly interested in the ways all authors see their fundamental convictions playing out in the context of education, and how well these convictions and implications comport with participants’ understandings of a biblically-informed perspective on the purpose of life and correlative conceptions of the educational task.
Total reading: 1250 pages (including research for final paper), of which approximately 60 pages per week must be completed in preparation for class.
Seminar leadership: In order to structure class discussion in a way that is both meaningful to junior members as well as guided by a close reading of the assigned texts, in most weeks junior members will introduce the readings for that class, preparing a brief paper for this purpose. The goal for these presentations is not to summarise the assigned text but to introduce the most pressing questions that it raises.
In more detail:
Each presentation will introduce one half of the seminar and will include a supporting paper of approximately 2,000 words. This word limit means that the paper should not exceed 20 minutes in total presentation time. However, it does not need to be presented in class as a single piece: the period of the seminar in which the presentation is made may be organised according to the presenter’s plan, drawing on successive sections of the paper. It is helpful, however, it two or more questions are explicitly stated in the paper. Copies of the paper should be distributed to the class.
Although the major responsibility for the conduct of a session rests with the presenter, a Senior Member will function as chair of the seminar overall, and may from time to time suggest ways in which the class could better proceed. The presentation and paper should be clearly grounded in the text, perhaps by focusing on one brief passage in which a significant concern is concentrated or by linking a number of citations that illustrate the development of a theme.
The presentation will keep clearly in view the seminar’s focus on what the text affirms (and denies) about an understanding of what it means to be a mature person and how people may be guided toward such maturity (a flourishing or abundant life). Explicit attention should also be given to how this view comports with a Christian understanding of mature humanness and how it should be nurtured.
Presenters will receive feedback from instructors in the form of consolidated comments. A grade and percentage will be recorded for tabulation at the conclusion of the course.
Course paper: A paper for which the theme arises from assigned reading and discussion and engages substantively with these sites.
Length: 4,000–6,000 words (MA); 5,000–7,000 words (PhD).
A paper proposal, including tentative thesis statement (50-100 words), outline, and proposed extra reading is due on Friday, March 21, 2014. The paper is due on Friday, May 23, 2014.
Class Participation: 10%; Seminar Leadership: 30%; Paper: 60%
Class Participation: 20%; Seminar Leadership: 30%; Paper: 50%.
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