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Teaching Philosophy

Volume 41, Issue 3, September 2018

Brian Bruya, Monika Ardelt
Pages 239-253
DOI: 10.5840/teachphil201882889

Fostering Wisdom in the Classroom, Part 1
A General Theory of Wisdom Pedagogy

This article reviews the literature on theories of wisdom pedagogy and abstracts out a single theory of how to foster wisdom in formal education. The fundamental methods of wisdom education are found to be: challenge beliefs; prompt the articulation of values; encourage self-development; encourage self-reflection; and groom the moral emotions. These five methods of wisdom pedagogy rest on two facilitating methods: read narrative or didactic texts and foster a community of inquiry. This article is companion to two further articles, one on a practical wisdom curriculum and the other on a study of wisdom growth in college students.