ERIC Number: EJ923866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 3
The Twin Elements of Learning: Knowledge and Judgment
Sullivan, William M.
Liberal Education, v96 n3 p12-17 Sum 2010
American colleges and universities are currently in the midst of a vital movement to reinvent liberal education. It is difficult to give a fully accurate description of the agenda of this movement, however, because it is being advanced by a number of disparate groups and organizations. In this paper, the author begins by stipulating what liberal education means: the aim of liberal education is to enable students to make sense of the world and their place in it, to prepare them to use knowledge and skills as means toward responsible engagement with the life of their times. As the author discusses specific developments, he clarifies and qualifies this definition. He stresses that liberal education requires going beyond an exclusive concern with "knowing that" to include developing students' capacity to "know how" as well. But for real liberal education, "knowing that" and "knowing how," even taken together, are not enough; "knowing why" and "knowing when" are also required.
Descriptors: General Education, Colleges, Liberal Arts, Higher Education, College Students, College Faculty, Knowledge Level, Value Judgment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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