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ERIC Number: ED411512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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"What is English?": Developing a Senior "Capstone" Course for the English Major.
Baker, Moira P.
Designing a senior seminar as a "capstone" course for English majors provided an educator the opportunity to devise a course that might provide the majors and anyone who teaches the course an experience of what Paulo Freire calls "liberatory education." According to the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) the course should "round out" English students' program of study and enable them to "integrate the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the 4 years of study" in the English program. On the most fundamental pedagogical level, the course should enable both the instructor and the students to act as subjects in the educational process, to become "critical co-investigators in dialogue" pursuing a problem-posing education to develop their power to perceive critically the way they exist in the world with which and in which they find themselves. The course would invite students into the debates engaged in as professionals. The two major objectives for the course are to invite students of language, writing, and literature to participate in the theoretical debates surrounding the study of English and, secondly, to afford each student the opportunity to pursue a semester-long research project culminating in a senior essay focusing on an interest the student has developed during prior course work. The course would represent a collaborative effort between the student's faculty advisor and many other faculty members. (The course proposal, a list of suggested readings, and a course syllabus are appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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