Sophistry and philosophy: Two approaches to teaching learning

Show simple item record Sturm, Sean en 2014-05-21T00:03:15Z en 2014-06-05T04:21:11Z en 2014-06-05T04:22:44Z en 2014-06-05T04:25:10Z en 2013 en
dc.identifier.citation TeorÍa de la Educación. Educación y Cultura en la Sociedad de la Información, 2013, 14 (3), pp. 25 - 36 (12) en
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dc.description.abstract As university teachers, are we heirs to the Sophists or to Socrates the philoso- pher? Do we teach students institutional know-how like academic ethics and strategies like writing and study skills, which offer shortcuts to institutional competence, or do we draw forth knowledge from students, eliciting wisdom from them and developing what the Greeks called ethos (character) and fidelity to a way of thinking? In short, do we teach a skill or a good? The first approach is sophistical (after the Greek teachers of rhetoric, the Sophists), and seeks to produce efficient knowledge-workers. The second approach is Socratic, or philosophical (after the Greek teacher of philosophy, Socrates), and seeks to produce good citizens. As these ancient names and terms suggest, this is a problem with a long history, but it is one with a local and contemporary resonance, in terms of the state of tertiary education both in Aotearoa/New Zealand, where I live and teach, and at this historical juncture. My question here is how we university teachers might negotiate this binary: how we might bridge these two positions and thereby perhaps transcend them. en
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dc.relation.ispartofseries TeorÍa de la Educación. Educación y Cultura en la Sociedad de la Información en
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dc.subject Sophists en
dc.subject Socrates en
dc.subject maieutics en
dc.subject transformational learning en
dc.subject assessment en
dc.subject growth mindset en
dc.title Sophistry and philosophy: Two approaches to teaching learning en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 25 en
pubs.volume 14 en
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pubs.end-page 36 en
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pubs.elements-id 434953 en Education and Social Work en Critical Studies in Education en
dc.identifier.eissn 1138-9737 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2014-04-15 en

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