ERIC Number: ED466445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Philosophical Development of an Educator.
Berci, Margaret Elizabeth
This paper explains that to bring about any form of educational equity for learners and teachers requires the realization that what is important is to educate the human disposition to understand the self. It identifies a unique relationship between the practical developmental phases of an educator toward a fully conscious professional and the philosophical scale of consciousness that leads to the understanding of the self by the self. The paper also discusses the necessary experiences and processes that lead an individual from one phase to the next, and it introduces a unique form of consciousness that combines elements of all other forms of knowledge and operates as an archeology of the self. The first section explains the importance of self-knowledge. The second section discusses forms of experience (art, religion, science, history, and philosophy). The third section describes the philosophical scale of consciousness. The fourth section discusses passion as a catalyst and the link between conceptual and propositional thinking. The fifth section describes the overlapping of forms. The sixth section looks at the cycle of philosophical and practical development of a teacher (naive conformist, theoretical conformist, awakening thinker, and authentic philosopher). (Contains 21 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).