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ERIC Number: ED427807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Jim and Dave: A Dialogue.
Doud, Robert E.
This is a fictional dialogue intended to honor Jim Kingman and David Leary, both professors of history who retired after long careers at Pasadena City College in California (PCC). The dialogue hypothesizes the observations of both men as they look on the honorary gold plates of previous retirees that decorate the wall of a PCC public dining hall. The men discuss sentiments about having their own names added to the wall and philosophize about educational policy, institutions, traditions, the history department, teacher-student relationships, and community college education. The two marvel at the generations of students who will continue to pass through the halls of an institution where both men have contributed years of hard work. Of particular interest in the paper is a debate on the different approaches to teaching and studying history, and the role each has in ascertaining the truth about human nature. Jim is the voice of subjectivity, advocating the importance of art, poetry, literature, and individual perceptions in the college curriculum, while Dave takes a more disinterested approach, and is a bit more skeptical. Together they remember their colleagues, common experiences, and the many facets of scholarly life. (AS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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