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The Essential Enthymeme

Propositions for Educating Students in a Modern World

Edited By Jorge Juan Vega y Vega

The enthymeme in education is essential because it reflects what humans do when they think. It informs not only how we make inferences about the world to discover new knowledge, but also how we express those discoveries to influence the minds of others. Thus, the enthymeme provides an effective pedagogical approach to the analysis and synthesis of ideas in the classroom. In this volume, such an approach is applied to composition instruction, second-language learning, advertising, specialized medical texts, and detective fiction to help prepare students for the challenges of modern life. (Michael D. Hood)

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Conclusion: The Enthymeme for Educational Purposes Today (Jorge Juan Vega y Vega)

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Jorge Juan Vega y Vega Conclusion: The Enthymeme for Educational Purposes Today As seen in the previous chapters, the enthymeme and the rhetorical uni- verse it inhabits occupy a central role for teaching in general. The efficacy of the enthymeme will be confirmed if we consider the broadest and es- sential objectives which the educational institution has to pursue, whose methodological foundations were already configured in Quintilian’s Insti- tutes of Oratory and whose highest feature is undoubtedly the full realiza- tion of the person. As a result, the goals that all educative systems should attempt to fulfil can be articulated according to the following diagram, which is intended to represent a general model of application. Ensuring a shareable connexion between tradition and modernity, the enthymeme is a real, useful and simple operation to promote progress efficiently. In fact, educative systems and curricula are usually related to three areas of intervention: a) Content, b) Operations, and c) Values. , , , !! .* 0*/* ) , +#%, "! , +& !!%, ! , +!, #! -* +"'!, 370 Jorge Juan Vega y Vega a) Conceptual area: What? It regards all kinds of intellectual content for different specialties and disciplines. b) Operative area: How? It is the daily practical management and specific treatment of these contents in different contexts and media, and for different types of users. c) Interpersonal area: Who? It concerns the ethical and social dimensions of edu- cation for interpersonal benefits and collective improvements. Surely, in the challenging age of electronic communication, real...

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