INNOVATIVE LEARNING: HOW TO LEARN NEEDED COMPETENCES IN PHILOSOPHY? AN UNIVERSITARIAN EXPERIENCE

J. Barrientos Rastrojo

Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Filosofía (SPAIN)
The future of students who take a degree in Philosophy is connected to oral and writing competences. If they want to become universitarian researchers, they will need to give speeches, talks and communications in panel discussion or conferences. If they want to teach as professors in University or High School, they will have to give lectures in front of their students or colleagues.
In spite of this, Faculties of Philosophy aren´t used to offer them tools to develop competences needed to write or present a paper. They have to learn by themselves how to create an abstract or how to construct a bibliography. Furthermore, students haven´t got skills to put forward a discourse or to defend a complex idea and they haven`t got the rhetorical and dialectical knowledge to captivate its public.
Our project develops a program that tries to overcome this educational gap. Its stages are (1) to give students the theoretical tools to write a paper for a conference; (2) to offer the skills to expound their speeches; (3) to practice in classroom in front of their friends (their colleagues will have a sheet to evaluate the exposition) and (4) to give information about conferences for students in order they can, eventually, practice their speech in a real situation.