ERIC Number: ED337446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-1
Reference Count: N/A
Syntopical Theory and the Foundations of Education.
Bauer, Norman J.
The paper identifies key attributes of syntopical theory as developed by Mortimer Adler, examines the status of the foundations of education, and discusses the importance of a national dialogue about foundational studies in teacher education and syntopical theory. People who work in disciplines embedded in the foundations of education lack a common body of ideas, knowledges, and languages for engaging in dialogue (with people inside and outside the field). Such a body of ideas is vital if groups of people are to access and acquire a positive orientation toward the conceptual and dispositional material which can be offered to teacher education students. The paper draws heavily upon Adler's development of "The Great Ideas: A Syntopicon of Great Books of the Western World." It is suggested that associates in the foundations of education form a committee for examining the nature of a syntopicon of foundational knowledge which would provide professional educators with a common knowledge base and language system. The committee would examine potentialities and values of such an instrument for anyone involved in teacher preparation, particularly in the foundations of education. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Knowledge Base for Teaching; Mortimer Adler; Syntopical Theory (Adler)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Educational Studies Association (Lake Buena Vista, FL, November 1, 1990).