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ERIC Number: ED498981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
The "Magic" of Learning from Each Other. Carnegie Perspectives
Gale, Richard
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
The writer examines the goals, methods, contexts, and outcomes of liberal education, as seen through the lens of the seminar experience. Originally a forum for advanced graduate students, the seminar has become a central feature of undergraduate education and signature pedagogy of liberal learning. Sometimes described in terms of size, configuration, focus, or professional function, the writer avers that beneath such aspects is a deeper discussion of processes and outcomes. It is a pedagogy wherein everyone has a voice and each person's ideas are valued, a venue for exploring varied perspectives, an opportunity to experiment, and a way to flesh-out skeletal ideas through the challenge of friendly critics. The seminar is a community working on the principle that if many hands make light work then many minds make deep meaning. Participation is vital, responsibility is shared, and ownership is produced, creating a pedagogy cultivates intentionality, self-awareness, and life-long learning.
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Menlo Park, CA.