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ERIC Number: EJ836388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Critical Thinking about Truth in Teaching: The Epistemic Ethos
Vandenberg, Donald
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v41 n2 p155-165 Apr 2009
This paper discusses the most persistent controversial issue that occurred in Western educational philosophy ever since Socrates questioned the Sophists: the role of truth in teaching. Ways of teaching these kinds of controversy issues are briefly considered to isolate their epistemic characteristics, which will enable the interpretation of Plato and Dewey as exemplars of rationalism and empiricism regarding the role of knowledge in the curriculum and thus include their partial truths in the epistemic ethos of teaching. The consideration of pedagogy will then include the partial truths of rationalism and empiricism in the epistemic ethos of teaching by following Kant's "Concepts without percepts are empty; perceptions without conceptions are blind". This claim, however, is narrowed down in two ways compatible with postmodernism and the heavy emphasis on constructionism in faculties of education. After quoting Harry Broudy's statement that the educational epistemic ethos should be domain-specific, guided by the experts' inquiry protocols in each curricular area, it is narrowed down further with Maxine Greene's explication that it should be pluralistic and lesson-specific. This epistemic ethos is not argued as a synthesis but as an aggregate of the partial truths of various epistemologies in the spirit of the postmodern doubt in any one theory of knowledge without throwing out the baby with the dirty bath water. Finally, the streams of consciousness involved in teaching and learning good knowledge are described phenomenologically to disclose how truth can be disclosed in teaching, thereby grounding propositional knowledge, for example, ontologically in the being of the student and in the being of the world.
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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