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ERIC Number: ED371355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 16
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Improving the Powers of Taste: An Historical Case for Using Literature To Teach Composition.
Gaillet, Lynee Lewis
As the issue of whether literature might be used to teach composition has not been a lively issue of debate among current scholars, those interested in the topic might look to George Jardine, professor of logic and philosophy at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, from 1774 to 1824. As Robert Connors suggests, teachers stand to gain much by turning to the "good-willed" practitioner rather than the giants of current scholarly dialogues. Jardine's design for integrating composition and the study of English literature, titled "Outlines of a Philosophical Education" aims to help students to develop a sense of taste, to improve their own writing, and to acquire skills necessary to succeed in business. In line with his philosophy, Jardine includes chapters on the origin and progress of written language, the improvement of memory, the culture of the imagination, the improvement of the powers of judging and reasoning, the elements of taste and aesthetics as applied to color and emotions received from the reflex sense of beauty, and the study of the beauty and grandeur of external nature. He had three goals before him in promoting the culture of the mind: (1) to accommodate the subject-matter of the lectures to the capacity and actual progress of the students; (2) to awaken a desire for information; and (3) to keep alive their interest in the discussion and investigations brought before them. As Donald Stewart suggests, the teacher who evaluates current educational theories with an historical perspective is flexible; she or he is made aware of contexts. (TB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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