January 05, 2009

Rohrer, Patricia
[PHIL V2100] Philosophy of Education

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Think of Philosophy of Education with Patricia Rohrer (a Teacher's College Professor sent to teach an undergraduate class at Barnard) as Lit Hum for that particular topic. It was basically organized in the same way, around a big table in which people through out ideas and the teacher responded to them. The texts were usually interesting enough, though it stopped there. Rohrer knew enough about the texts to give some thoughts on them, but she was more open to simply being a facilitator, which then threw the quality of the class on the students, and your engagement would really depend on how much and how well you read.

Just to give an idea of the texts we read—Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Sarte

Workload:

weekly readings (always manageable), 5 short response papers of 1-2 pages, 5-7 midterm paper, 6-8 final paper