ERIC Number: ED365394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Paideia Program.
Levine-Brown, Patti; And Others
In 1982, Mortimer Adler and other educators conceptualized the Paideia program as a way of reforming basic American schooling by replacing the system's inherent elitism with a truly democratic system accessible to all students. The three primary goals of the Paideia program are to prepare students to earn a living, be responsible citizens, and become lifelong learners. To achieve these goals, Paideia blends didactic classes in which students learn concepts and curricular content, coaching labs in which students practice and master the skills introduced in the didactic classes, and Paideia seminars in which Socratic questioning leads students to listen and think critically and to coherently communicate their ideas. Adler introduced the Paideia program at Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ), and college leaders, impressed with the program's potential, instituted a 3-year training cycle for interested faculty and administrators. FCCJ's adult studies program adapted the Paideia program to suit its needs, ensuring that seminars closely correlate to course curricula, that seminars are held on a regular basis, and that seminars would not be graded. Seminar leaders act as facilitators, generating questions and encouraging discussions among participants. The Paideia program supports the basic, thinking, and personal skills that will be needed in the workforce by the year 2000. Information about the Paideia program is attached, including guidelines for developing seminar questions, seminar rules and issues, a seminar observation guide, assessment and evaluation forms, and a list of seminar topics. (MAB)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Community Colleges, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Educational Strategies, Humanities Instruction, Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Instructional Materials, Questioning Techniques, Seminars, Teaching Methods, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Florida Community College at Jacksonville; Paideia
Note: Materials presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (15th, Austin, TX, May 23-29, 1993).