ERIC Number: EJ1105109
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Is Intellectual Character Growth a Realistic Educational Aim?
Journal of Moral Education, v45 n2 p117-131 2016
Responsibilist approaches to virtue epistemology examine the epistemic significance of intellectual virtues like curiosity, attentiveness, intellectual humility, open-mindedness, intellectual courage, and intellectual tenacity. On one way of thinking about these traits, they are the deep personal qualities or character traits of a good thinker or learner. Given the intimate connection between intellectual virtues and good thinking and learning, responsibilist virtue epistemology appears ripe for application to educational theory and practice. At a minimum, growth in intellectual virtues seems like a worthy educational aim. But is such an aim realistic? There are at least three objections to thinking that it is. In this paper, I defend the enterprise of educating for growth in intellectual virtues against each of these objections. I conclude that if pursued in the right way, intellectual character growth is a worthy and realistic educational aim--one that justifies rethinking some fundamental educational priorities and practices.
Descriptors: Intellectual Development, Educational Objectives, Moral Development, Epistemology, Ethics, Thinking Skills, Learning Processes, Correlation, Educational Practices, Personality Traits, Vignettes
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