Student interest and success in the program-specific philosophy course: a simple matter of pedagogy!





Desautels, Luc

‘’Program approach’’, ‘’The integration of general education and specific training’’, ‘Comprehensive assessment’’ and ‘’A moral and political philosophy course that analyzes the problematics linked to student programs of study’’ are guidelines that found their way into college thinking more than ten years ago today. Let’s look more closely at the compulsory philosophy course that gave rise to a number of practices, including grouping students by program or by family of programs, or no specific grouping whatsoever. Did this desire to link the teaching of philosophy to specific student programs of study deliver the expected results, especially relative to increased student interest and improved success rates? This is the question we attempted to answer through research financed by PAREA and this article presents our main conclusions.


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