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ERIC Number: EJ778176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0950-4222
Classroom Critiques: Transforming Conformity into Creativity
Owens, Keith
Industry and Higher Education, v21 n5 p345-351 Oct 2007
North American higher education finds itself on the horns of a dilemma. On the one hand, it accepts droves of freshmen who equate learning with rote memorization and who correlate achievement with the ability to pass narrowly focused standardized tests. On the other hand, it is expected to contribute to the country's cultural and economic vibrancy by graduating engaged citizens and creative professionals. After contextualizing its desirability and the support for its efficacy, this paper discusses how one pedagogical technique--the classroom critique--can help higher education to resolve the discrepancy between the improperly prepared student and the excellence a college education is expected to impart. The author suggests that this neo-Socratic method can not only help to correct previous educational deficiencies but can also nurture the civic and creative skills necessary to a democratic society and required by a competitive business community. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States