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ERIC Number: EJ775626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
Watching Charlotte Climb: Little Steps toward Big Questions
Connor, W. Robert
Liberal Education, v93 n2 p6-13 Spr 2007
In this article, the author talks about big questions of meaning and value that young people pose and how to respond to their concerns about big questions. He relates the story of his granddaughter, Charlotte, who, at the age of one, would climb up on the stairs not from choice or whim, but "because they're there." For her, it was not play, but work, obligation, and a necessity that is programmed, hardwired into her developing brain. Watching Charlotte climb leads the author to reflect on a set of Big Questions such as, "can I figure out how to lead a meaningful and satisfying life?," that students may pose when they reach college. The Big Questions often illumine the material people study, opening up fresh approaches and raising issues that enrich scholarship. In this article, the author suggests that faculty should not shy away from admitting the Big Questions into their classrooms. Faculty must first develop a more robust dialogue among themselves about Big Questions and how to approach them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A