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Teaching for Intellectual Virtues

Event date: Thursday, November 15, 2012, from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: CTE - UNH 3030

Teaching for Intellectual Virtues [Event Flyer

Presented by: Jason Baehr, PhD, Philosophy

Intellectual virtues are traits like curiosity, open-mindedness, attentiveness, intellectual carefulness, intellectual thoroughness, intellectual rigor, and intellectual perseverance. Substantial philosophical research on these traits has been conducted by philosophers in recent decades. However, the resulting theories have yet to be applied in any systematic way to educational theory or practice. This is surprising given the popular idea that education should foster things like lifelong learning and critical thinking, for intellectual virtues are the character traits of a lifelong learner or critical thinker. What, then, might it look like to teach for intellectual virtues? And what are the advantages of such an approach? In my talk, I will explain what intellectual virtues are, why we should teach for intellectual virtues, and how teaching for intellectual virtues compares with other, more familiar educational approaches and bodies of research. This talk will be followed by a hands-on workshop in the spring that will focus on strategies for fostering intellectual virtues in a classroom environment.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

Event Recording

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.