Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Q&A #8

Note: This is now the correct link!

1. Read: Excerpt from Bowles and Gintis, Schooling in Capitalist America: http://www.webster.edu/~corbetre/philosophy/education/bg/bg-ch-5.html

2. Q: Is education for autonomous critical thinking rendered inconsequential by the "long shadow of work"?

3. Write 2 questions of your own.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Q&A #7 Internal/External Motivators for Learning

1. Reading: Drafts of chapters I and II, Bridges to Autonomy:

Chapter I:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QBbBLarjyYyMyhboHUinOEa3Wr06rOWpNVE9ZFm5taI/edit?hl=en&authkey=CMG86McB#

Chapter II:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jrqi6E4nRDF97yJh6Cyn8XI1inl8rsKf8vhW50nYeg4/edit?hl=en&authkey=CNuJjuQC#

2. Question:  Consider Jules' provisional characterization of all learning as "things we can do, the acquisition of which involves some degree of volition" (chapter II).  What kind of teaching best promotes learning?

3. Write 2 questions of your own.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Q&A #6

1. Read: Garlikov on the use of tests in teaching (follow and read all links included in essay):

http://www.garlikov.com/philosophy/testmora.htm

2. Q: Is grading students on the basis of test results immoral?

3. Write 2 Qs of your own.

Update:

Read Alfie Kohn's critical piece on grading in general (just posted to my blog).