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Intellectual Courage

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Eric Roe

on 6 August 2014

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Transcript of Intellectual Courage

What is Intellectual Courage?
independent and fair thinking
recognizing unpopular ideas, beliefs, or views
understanding these different ideas
challenging conventional thinking
recognizing popular ideas could be false/misleading
be willing to listen to/accept alternative views
giving alternative views a fair chance
Why is this important?
"We have seen that by conceiving of intellectual character growth as an important education aim, teachers can have a positive impact on the personal formation of their students and equip them with abilities and other qualities that will benefit them substantially in the workplace and other areas of life." (Baehr, p. 7)
What could this look like in the classroom?
an intellectual trait
part of critical thinking
potential outcomes:
students can define intellectual courage
students evaluate own beliefs
students evaluate different beliefs
popularity of beliefs not taken into account
provide historical examples (i.e. Ferdinand Magellan)
teach self-reflection & self-assessment
give examples of intellectual courage during lessons
support students who question
encourage deeper explanation of questioning
foster debate
Questions for Educators
What content area would you be most likely to encourage intellectual courage?

How could you structure your lessons to encourage debate?

What subject areas would you be less inclined to encourage intellectual courage? Why?

What impact can teaching intellectual courage have on you and your specific class/classes?
Baehr, J. (2013). Educating for intellectual virtues: from theory to practice. Retrieved 8/2/14, from, http://ezproxy.neu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=87610307&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Intellectual Courage
The Path to Independent Thinking
by Eric Roe

Teachers can:
promote deeper thinking
go beyond the textbook
challenge students
encourage debate
promote different ideas
guide students to own path
Students can:
think more deeply
go beyond the textbook
challenge thoughts
debate topics
embrace/accept different ideas
choose the path that's best for them
Elder, L. & Paul, R. (2012). Critical thinking: competency standards essential to the cultivation of intellectual skills, part 4. Retrieved 8/2/14, from, http://ezproxy.neu.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=83072039&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Austin, M. (November 2013). A virtuous mind: courage. Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ethics-everyone/201311/virtuous-mind-courage
Valuable Intellectual Traits. The Critical Thinking Community. Retrieved from http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/valuable-intellectual-traits/528
Strategy List: 35 Dimensions of Critical Thought/ The Critical Thinking Community. Retrieved from http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/strategy-list-35-dimensions-of-critical-thought/466#s6
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