ERIC Number: ED318266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
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The Survey with a Focus: Developing Critical and Creative Thinking Skills.
Obergfell, Sandra C.
A modified, chronologically-based approach to the foreign language literature survey course integrates traditional elements of chronological organization with critical and concrete analysis of literary texts to increase the significance of the material to the liberal arts education. Research in higher education and research on left-right brain hemisphere activity support the presentation of literature in such a fashion, with progression from concrete to abstract and from critical to creative thinking. The application of the principles of the three-stage learning cycle (exploration and discovery of the material; concept introduction; and concept application and repetition) to a specific literary excerpt ("L'Esprit des Lois") illustrates the holistic involvement of the learner in the text. Such a logical organization of the survey course would appear to be requisite to developing critical thinking skills if the student is not to wander in the domain of abstractions without properly understanding the relationship of the part to the whole. Through this mixture of chronological survey, generalizations concerning literary works and movements in their sociocultural setting, and close textual analysis, a meld of European and American philosophies results. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Dimension: Languages 83. Proceedings of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (19th, 1983).