ERIC Number: ED424159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
A Guide for Education in the Third Millennium.
Whiddon, Tom; Wirth, Rex; Pool, Harbison
This paper examines the philosophical approaches to knowledge that have governed education and concludes that a new paradigm is needed for the new millennium. Education is subdivided into a three-level hierarchy, including: (1) the accumulation of factoids as knowledge; (2) the development of knowledge into theories and models for the purpose of selecting out and organizing data into order sets; and (3) the pursuit of wisdom. The study argues that students of the future will need to reach the highest level of the hierarchy in order to process information and use it in their lives. Often the lowest level of the hierarchy is what is accepted in education. The paper likens students to pilgrims in a changing world where students travel at the edge of their perceptions while shifting paradigms wobble and threaten to antiquate established views. The document also discusses the theory of critical mass causing social change as in the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union where political philosophy did not keep up with the perceptions of the changing societies. (Contains 33 references.) (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (15th, Jackson, WY, October 1-4, 1997).