ERIC Number: ED201542
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Knowledge, Education, and Human Values: Toward the Recovery of Wholeness.
Sloan, Douglas; Piety, Patricia, Ed.
This report summarizes the papers and discussions of a symposium held in Woodstock, Vermont, June 17-20, 1980. The symposium was convened to allow 50 representatives from the worlds of academia, business, the foundations, and government to discuss two major topics. These topics are the relation between education and those dimensions of experience that give value, meaning, and purpose to human life and ways of knowing and thinking about the world that influence the relationship between education and values. A major concern of many symposium participants was that modern society, and, particularly, education, has become dominated by the view that we can know only that which we can count, measure, and weigh. As a consequence of this view, current conceptions of knowledge often give rise to views of the world that provide little support for human values and for an education in which persons and the values of persons remain central. Seven papers addressed these and related issues. Titles are, "Insight"; "Mind and the Meaning of Mystery of Personal Experience"; "Language, Consciousness, and the Recovery of Human Meaning"; "Beyond the Modern Western Mind Set: Toward a Living Universe"; "The Living Image"; "Cultural Vision and the Human Future"; and "Education." Among those themes which recurred throughout the papers were the proliferation of courses in elementary and secondary schools on moral development and values clarification, the upswing in the number of colleges offering courses on ethics, the inability of unquestioned presuppositions about what knowledge is true and/or important to explain reality, the need to nourish the imagining capacity of the mind, realization that modern Western thinking is beset with limitations regarding assumptions about knowledge, and the need to go beyond the premises of a world constructed according to the premises of scientific naturalism. A directory of symposium participants concludes the report. (DB)
Descriptors: Conference Proceedings, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Epistemology, Ethics, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Knowledge Level, Language Usage, Theories, Values
Charles F. Kettering Foundation, 5335 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, OH 45429 (single copies free).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.; Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH.
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