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Perennialism Philosophy

Perennialism Philosophy is based on a core curriculum with themes and questions that endure, that are everlasting; as life changes and time change, the real substance and truths of life remains the same.

Barbara Solee

on 27 April 2011

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Transcript of Perennialism Philosophy

Perennialism Philosphy The Principle of Perennialism Teacher Dispenses knowledge; Leads discussion of classes Student Difference not considered Learning Environment Teacher control; Traditional discipline Curriculum Unchanging traditional core; No choices/electives Instruction Direct instruction; Socratic seminar; Traditional methods

Two kinds of Perennialism 1) Secular perennialism suggest something that last for an indefinite long time, recurs again and again, or is self-renewing; also advocates using original work in education. 2) Religious perennialism is focused on the personal development of the students, and says that all learning could not come from within, because it always had to provide sensed signs that the student must perceive. Major Contributors to Perennialism Thomas Aquinas was the first to develop perennialism in the thirteenth century in a religious nature. Mortimer Adler is a perennialist who believes that philosophy should become part of mainstream public school curriculum. Robert Hutchins was one of the most influential members of the school of secular perennialism. He implemented the perennialism ideas with great success at the University of Chicago. John Henry Newman presented a detailed defense about the educational perennialism doing the nineteenth century in The Idea of a University. People who believe in perennialism want education to ensure that all students acquire understanding of their learning’s. The way a teacher can teach this philosophy in the classroom by telling ht whole while they teach the lesson. Perennialism is typically considered as a teacher- centered. Since perennialism is a teacher- center it does not benefit students as much as student- centered philosophies.

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