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ERIC Number: EJ1160727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-2004
When to Teach for Belief: A Tempered Defense of the Epistemic Criterion
Tillson, John
Educational Theory, v67 n2 p173-191 Apr 2017
Michael Hand has defended the "epistemic criterion" for "directive and nondirective teaching" in his 2008 "Educational Theory" article, "What Should We Teach as Controversial? A Defense of the Epistemic Criterion," as well as subsequent pieces. Here, John Tillson defends use of the epistemic criterion in the case of what he calls "momentous propositions," but he rejects two of Hand's key arguments in support of the criterion. This rethinking comes in light of important contributions to the debate made by Bryan Warnick and D. Spencer Smith and by Maughn Rollins Gregory, also published in this journal. Tillson begins the article with an elucidation of the directive/nondirective distinction, and then discusses some limitations of defining the distinction in terms of intention. Next, he draws attention to the problems with the "soft-directive teaching" method that Warnick and Smith advocate. Finally, Tillson provides an additional argument in favor of the epistemic criterion, an argument also grounded in work by Hand, which places emphasis on imparting knowledge alongside cultivating rationality among our educational aims.
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Language: English
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