ERIC Number: ED384383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Generating Moral Dialogue on a College Campus.
Conroy, Francis H.
In an effort to increase moral dialogue on the campus of Burlington County College and in society at large, a project was undertaken to create dialogue through writing newspaper columns on moral issues. Following the publication of two initial columns, responses were solicited from students who had just completed a Philosophy 101 course. The project underwent a transformation, however, when the columns and student responses were presented to a Princeton Fellows seminar with a rationale that drew on Plato for validation. The seminar leader questioned the project's commitment to dialogue, suggesting that the columns were written to manipulate readers' sentiments rather than invite dialogue. A third column was presented to the fellows attempting to address the need for an adversary relationship in education, but it was realized that to do so would take a real dialectic. It was concluded that mass campaigns for injecting moral dialogue into college campuses should be suspect. A preferred and more effective approach would incorporate small group, or even one-to-one, interactions. This would be truer to the model of the Socratic/Platonic dialogues and would be much more effective than published columns at generating true dialogue or a dialectic. (The three columns and student comments are included.) Contains three references. (KP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Princeton Univ., NJ. Mid-Career Fellowship Program.
Note: In its: Issues of Education at Community Colleges: Essays by Fellows in the Mid-Career Fellowship Program at Princeton University; see JC 950 341.