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Tradition and Innovation: Selected Plenary and Panel Papers from the 3rd Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, Philadelphia, PA, 10-13 April, 1997

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Tradition and Innovation presents the debates and discussions of a new professional association dedicated to the development of core curricula and the use of core texts. The book outlines the wide variety of core curricula in use in institutions of higher learning throughout North America. It highlights the chief issues in undergraduate, core liberal arts education: rationales and principles for core curricula, varieties of curricular arrangements, and selection of appropriate texts- old and new- for use in core ...

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Overview

Tradition and Innovation presents the debates and discussions of a new professional association dedicated to the development of core curricula and the use of core texts. The book outlines the wide variety of core curricula in use in institutions of higher learning throughout North America. It highlights the chief issues in undergraduate, core liberal arts education: rationales and principles for core curricula, varieties of curricular arrangements, and selection of appropriate texts- old and new- for use in core curricula. Questions of pedagogy, canon, disciplinarity, as well as the challenges presented by multiculturalism and feminism, are all explored. The volume considers how thoughtful professionals are shaping core curricula and developing workable interpretations of texts in the classroom. Major participants in discussions included in this work are: Roger Shattuck, Gerald Graff, Louise Cowan, Dennis O'Brien, and Stephen Zelnick.

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Presents 23 contributions selected from the April 1995 conference. Academics discuss the need for a core curriculum in undergraduate institutions and argue about the forms, methods, and principles necessary to constructing a core. Topics include the proper place of Plato versus the Bible in a classics course, the relative merits of feminist arguments against the canon, and the assessment of scientific claims for evolution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Scott Lee is Visiting Assistant Professor in Intellectual Heritage and in English, at Temple University. Allen Speight is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Administrator for the Core Curriculum at Boston University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
The Need for Core 1
Response to Roger Shattuck 9
Set It Down with Gold on Lasting Pillars: The Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness in the Undergraduate Curriculum 17
The Core Curriculum: "It Is Music to My Ears" 27
The Belief Game 39
Lost Worlds: Beyond Piety to New Beginnings in The Aeneid 49
A "Red-Tory" Feminist, at Core 53
Aristotle and the Distinction of Disciplines 61
Beginnings and Endings Among the Two Chief World Systems 67
Assessing Scientific Claims: Darwin and Creationism 73
Seeing What Is Not One's Own: Herodotus, Ethnography, and the Concept of Shame 81
The Relation of Tradition to Judgment 87
How to Build a Learning Community: Activate, Abdicate, Articulate 93
The Analytic Essay: Teaching Writing in an Interdisciplinary Course 99
Tocqueville and Liberal Education 109
Comparative Ascents: Plato's Allegory of the Cave and the Liberation of the Israelites from Slavery as Models for Core Education 115
"You Can(t) Teach Proust to Undergraduates" 119
Reading Together: One Culture out of Many 125
A House Divided: History and Literature in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Core 129
The Staying Power of a Little-Known Novella: Ann Petry's "In Darkness and Confusion" 135
Accessible Science: Mendel in a Sequence of Core Science Papers 141
Uses of Technology with Core Texts: The Case of "Virtual" v. "Wet" Labs 147
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