Monday, February 28, 2011

Q&A #5

1. Here's a brief defense of one art form -- music -- as essential to the liberal arts:

2. Here's a more substantive treatment of complexity, creativity, improvisation, education, and the arts:*JK-gx2gnIIguKRV2znsqWDUakhBd25rDk58rh7h/MontuoriHumanRelations.pdf

3. Question: what are the potential benefits/challenges of an improvisational approach to learning and teaching (any topic, not simply music)?

4. Write 2 questions of your own.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Q&A #3

1. Read (a) Ernst von Glasersfeld, the founder of "radical constructivism," "Cognition, Construction of Knowledge, and Teaching":

(b) Dewey Dykstra, "Against Realist Instruction":

Optional reading:

a. Von Glasersfeld, "An Introduction to Radical Constructivism":

b. Donald Hatcher, "Should Anti-realists Teach Critical Thinking?":

c. Robert Sutton, "Realism and Other Philosophical Mantras":

d. Peter Slezak, "Radical Constructivism: Epistemology, Education, and Dynamite":

e. Michael Matthews, "Constructivism in Math and Science Education":

2. Question: Ought teachers to be "radical constructivists" (i.e., anti-realists) or "realists"?

3. Write 2 questions of your own.