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AQ-51099-14

Pomona College (Claremont, CA 91711-4434)
Gizem Karaali (Project Director: 09/13/2013 to present)

NEH Enduring Questions Course on the Aims and Value of Education

The development of a first-year seminar that would examine philosophy of education from Plato and Rousseau to contemporary views on the purpose of education.

The development of a first-year seminar that would examine philosophy of education from Plato and Rousseau to contemporary views on the purpose of education. Mathematics professor Gizam Karaali of Pomona College develops a course for first-year students on two related questions: What is good education and what is education good for? The course readings draw on educational philosophy and history, pedagogical theory, and fiction from a variety of cultures, disciplines, and historical periods. Karaali organizes the course into nine units around topics such as contemporary controversies and the purposes of higher education; historical foundations of education and schooling in the United States; philosophical foundations; contemporary controversies about homeschooling, for-profit education, online education, and MOOCs; and early child education philosophies. Other topics include the educational functions of the arts, humanities, and mathematics, respectively. The final unit concentrates on the purposes of a liberal education. Readings include Plato's Republic and Meno; and writings on education by Locke, Kant, Rousseau, Mill, Whitehead, and Dewey; Piaget, Erikson, and Montessori; Confucius, Gandhi, and Tagore; and Freire and Foucault. Course work involves up to one hundred pages of weekly reading, for which students are required to create discussion questions as well as lead in-class and online discussions. Additional assignments include writing projects demanding comparative analysis, focused research, and self-reflection. Plans for dissemination include the presentation by the project director of her course materials and findings at selected conferences on arts and humanities education.

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Enduring Questions: Pilot Course Grants

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$21,996 (approved)
$21,996 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 10/31/2016