ERIC Number: ED373834
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
History of Great Ideas: An Honors Seminar.
Terrill, Marty; And Others
The History of Great Ideas is an interdisciplinary seminar course for sophomore honor students at North Arkansas Community Technical College that teaches the intellectual history of western civilization. Each semester, students study 14 ideas from science, philosophy, history, religion, sociology, and economics to discover how philosophical concepts have shaped concrete acts of humanity. The course has three instructors who alternate as session leaders and a coordinator who attends the sessions, reads student papers, and keeps track of reading assignments. The conceptual framework for sessions involves defining the idea, placing it in its historical context, identifying the results of the idea, and suggesting implications and future possibilities. Students are provided with readings and required to write a summary of ideas prior to the seminar. Leaders prepare their sessions to encourage lively discussion, and students are encouraged to participate. Students receive grades for summaries, discussion responses, attendance, and a final project. For the final project, each student or group must synthesize the ideas covered in the course, using audio-visual aids and without reading from a prepared text. Only 15 students may enroll in the class, however seminars are open to all students and community members. By the end of the semester, the line between instructor and student has blurred and students become active, involved handlers of ideas rather than passive receivers of facts. Sample reading assignments are attached. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (16th, Austin, TX, May 22-25, 1994).