ERIC Number: ED206528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun-14
Reference Count: 0
Paradigms of Justice and Love.
Byrne, Patick H.
This paper examines the philosophy behind the Pulse Program of Boston College and its attempt at integrating theory and practice and transforming student's paradigms of justice and love. The basic idea of the program, begun in the fall of 1969, is that students receive academic credit for participation in off-campus field projects which have a social action/social service orientation in coordination with a specially designed course. Examples of projects include tutoring and recreation programs for disadvantaged children, a therapeutic program for emotionally disturbed adolescents, drug rehabilitation projects, public interest research and lobbying, hot lines, visitation and other services to elderly people, and hospitality programs for homeless men and women. The developers of the program believe that there is an intrinsic connection between theory and practice, and that our intellectural and religious traditions can inform and transform practice in profound ways. In the first major section of the paper the author explains what he means by the term "paradigm" and how it relates to the community identity of natual scientists. Paradigms consist of an interrelated set of shared beliefs, values, and instrumentations. The second section examines prevailing paradigms of justice and love which influence students, and the sorts of communities with which they identify. The last section reflects on some of the limitations of those paradigms and considers the problems associated with effecting a conversion to an Unlimited Paradigm. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pulse Program (Boston College)
Note: For a related document see SO 013 540. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Manhattan College Conference on Education for Justice and Peace (Bronx, NY, June 14, 1981). Page 32 will not reproduce clearly.