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Integration and the liberal arts: a historical overview

Integration and the liberal arts: a historical overview Purpose – The traditional liberal‐arts curriculum of the word‐based Trivium (grammar, dialectic/logic, rhetoric) and the number‐based Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, music) has an intrinsic unity. Used in an integrated way, it provides a tool for self‐development, self‐realisation and self‐integration. The purpose of this paper is to outline the core nature of the integrative quality of the liberal‐arts curriculum, trace the gradual disintegration of the curriculum from its adoption in classical Greece, and provide practical suggestions for the re‐integration of the curriculum in the context of modern educational practice. Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents a philosophical survey of the history of the theory and practice relating to the intrinsic integrated quality of liberal‐arts education from pre‐classical Greece to the present day. Findings – The integrated quality of the liberal‐arts curriculum has experienced a gradual disintegration from its adoption in classical Greece to the twenty‐first century. The paper provides practical suggestions for the re‐integration of an integrated approach to the curriculum in the context of modern educational practice. Practical implications – Re‐engaging with the integrated quality of the liberal‐arts curriculum is vital for fulfilling the purpose of education as a practice: that of enabling a human being to flourish in a holistic way, in order to take an active role within a civil society. Originality/value – The paper provides a valuable antidote to overly rational thinking by arguing for the need to restore the intrinsic integrative quality of the liberal‐arts curriculum in educational practice in order to support the flourishing of individuals, society in order for the emergence of a mutually supportive interaction between them to appear. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png On the Horizon Emerald Publishing

Integration and the liberal arts: a historical overview

On the Horizon , Volume 22 (1): 11 – Feb 4, 2014

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Emerald Publishing
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1074-8121
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10.1108/OTH-11-2013-0045
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Abstract

Purpose – The traditional liberal‐arts curriculum of the word‐based Trivium (grammar, dialectic/logic, rhetoric) and the number‐based Quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, music) has an intrinsic unity. Used in an integrated way, it provides a tool for self‐development, self‐realisation and self‐integration. The purpose of this paper is to outline the core nature of the integrative quality of the liberal‐arts curriculum, trace the gradual disintegration of the curriculum from its adoption in classical Greece, and provide practical suggestions for the re‐integration of the curriculum in the context of modern educational practice. Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents a philosophical survey of the history of the theory and practice relating to the intrinsic integrated quality of liberal‐arts education from pre‐classical Greece to the present day. Findings – The integrated quality of the liberal‐arts curriculum has experienced a gradual disintegration from its adoption in classical Greece to the twenty‐first century. The paper provides practical suggestions for the re‐integration of an integrated approach to the curriculum in the context of modern educational practice. Practical implications – Re‐engaging with the integrated quality of the liberal‐arts curriculum is vital for fulfilling the purpose of education as a practice: that of enabling a human being to flourish in a holistic way, in order to take an active role within a civil society. Originality/value – The paper provides a valuable antidote to overly rational thinking by arguing for the need to restore the intrinsic integrative quality of the liberal‐arts curriculum in educational practice in order to support the flourishing of individuals, society in order for the emergence of a mutually supportive interaction between them to appear.

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On the HorizonEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 4, 2014

Keywords: Integration; Liberal arts; Adler; Henosis; Quadrivium; Trivium; Grammar; Logic; Rhetoric

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