Phronesis in the Classroom

3 years ago

In ancient Greek philosophy, the concept of phronesis represented a specific form of knowledge: the ability to determine how to act virtuously. This idea is developed most completely in Book VI of Aristotle?s Nicomachean Ethics. There Aristotle explains that phronesis involves the use of reason to reflect on proper actions and to conduct oneself appropriately. As a result, phronesis is often translated in English as ?practical wisdom.?

In the presentation, Bassett showed how Aristotle?s view of phronesis and moral education readily translates into a model of academic pedagogy that can transform university students into active learners. In the model, the goal of teaching is to help students develop the capacity for critical reflection on their learning as well as for independent learning. The presentation concluded with suggestions for lesson preparation, classroom process, and assessment. 

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