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McClay, Wilfred M. – Journal of Education, 2005
Americans are increasingly drawn to their own version of "muddling through," and are likely to view the process of reasoning from intellectual or moral principles with grave suspicion, if not outright hostility, as a form of undemocratic confinement. One sees this with especial clarity in today's institutions of higher education, in…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, School Culture, Higher Education, College Students
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Thornburg, Robert Watts – Journal of Education, 2000
Discusses whether virtue can be taught in college, asserting that virtue is relative and tradition bound. Difficulties in answering this question include lack of adequate definitions of terms, overwhelming influence of Christian and Western approaches, the "unvirtue" experienced by many learners, and students' innate resistance to the…
Descriptors: College Students, Ethical Instruction, Higher Education, Integrity
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Samons, L. J., II – Journal of Education, 2000
Addresses problems associated with the classical conception of "arete" (virtue), asserting that questions related to virtue, human excellence, and the good life are neither relative nor time-bound. Suggests that if one assumes that virtue can be taught, Socrates' example encourages the idea that this may be achieved most effectively…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Ethical Instruction, Higher Education
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Wells, Linda – Journal of Education, 2000
Discusses whether to teach virtue in college, noting students' flexibility to acquire new narratives and understandings of themselves and their surroundings. Suggests that the narratives students bring to college help shape their character and attitudes toward work, life, and happiness. Asserts that a general education can help students understand…
Descriptors: College Students, Higher Education, Integrity, Liberal Arts
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Jorgensen, Brian – Journal of Education, 2000
Asserts that university students are at precisely the right age to gain greater power over their lives, describing a vacuous college life and discussing the potential that a good university education offers. Examines possibilities and promise in students' lives, suggesting that the principal task in fostering virtue is to evoke love in students…
Descriptors: College Students, Ethical Instruction, Higher Education, Integrity
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Bohlin, Karen E. – Journal of Education, 2000
Discusses education in virtue, inviting college professors to see themselves not as "meddlers" in students' private lives but rather as interlocutors who prompt students to examine their desires--not simply what they hope to gain, but who they hope to become as a result of their university education. Focuses on the philosophies of Plato,…
Descriptors: College Students, Ethical Instruction, Higher Education, Integrity
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Scott, Barbara Ann – Journal of Education, 1992
Calls attention to the emphasis on the practical in the curricula of community colleges and its infusion into the liberal arts programs of many four-year schools. Even in the upper tiers of the academic system, the vocational vogue is encroaching on the traditional liberal education. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Students, Community Colleges, Course Selection (Students)
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Buley-Meissner, Mary Louise – Journal of Education, 1990
Recent composition and literary theory suggests that the "I" of written discourse is illusory and does not represent an autonomous self. Argues for the development of a self-conscious voice in college writers that interprets in addition to merely recording events, a voice enabling students to enter into dialogue with teachers, texts, and…
Descriptors: College English, College Students, Critical Theory, Critical Thinking