This article is a continuation of yesterday’s Postcards article, “A Meal on a Plate: Demonstrating the Classical Model (Part One).”
The characteristic mark of the dialectic learning stage is the ability to think critically and to make logical connections. Using our food analogy, students try foods in new ways and develop definite opinions about what they do and do not like. These self-proclaimed culinary connoisseurs are exploring new flavor combinations and deciding their personal preferences. Wanting to “mix it up,” students are not quite so overwhelmed by the prospect of combining foods that complement one another.
Academically, students are no longer intimidated by abstract academic concepts. Because they are now able to see more connections and draw logical inferences between ideas and information, a wider world of understanding is being unlocked and unpacked. A new layer of learning ability emerges, and students embrace deeper discussions and defining debates.