ERIC Number: ED358536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
What Is Meant by the Term, "Thoughtfulness in Schools?"
This paper offers a different perspective for teaching and learning--the "thoughtful" perspective--as an alternative to the current technocratic perspective. The technocratic frame of reference implicitly proposes that any problem is amenable to programmatic definition and solution. The following three propositions are presented: one's perspective influences one's professional actions; the predominant perspective in teaching is currently technocratic; and the perspective of thoughtful teaching and learning is conducive to developing the schools we want. Six elements of the "thoughtful" perspective, offered as a counterpoint to the technocratic one, are described: (1) education's fundamental purpose is to release one's potential; (2) potential is tied to the power of the mind; (3) therefore, helping persons to understand the power of their own minds is a significant school endeavor; (4) thoughtful education includes human relationships; (5) advanced thinking goes beyond information that is given; and (6) leadership means creating and maintaining settings in which thoughtful work and human interactions are encouraged. A conclusion is that educators must consider the implications of failing to develop mind and human potential. (Contains 14 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Creating the Quality School (2nd, Oklahoma City, OK, March 25-27, 1993).