The effect moves,
but there is no thing moving.
Gebser’s integral ideal has primarily been used by Society members in American university course work to look at inter-cultural communication differences. An intercultural textbook titled Communication, Comparative Cultures, and Civilizations edited Eric M. Kramer, Ph.D. et al. is slated for publication this year (2014). This is a large advancement for the actualization of the Society’s work.
There are other ways to implement not only Gebser’s theoretical contributions, but also newly inspired methodological approaches to active research in all fields of study.
We would like to initiate a new platform on this website for professors and other types of instructors to share their experiences and curricula in all fields based on the use and teaching of Gebser’s integral ideal.
Please feel free to contribute to our blog with the intentions of exploring questions, gaining support, and expanding possibilities for others in their teaching. Additionally, if you would like to post your syllabi here to share with others, please contact me (Sabrina Dalla Valle, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here are some initial learning outcomes to consider created for previous courses. If you are inspired, please comment and/or add.
- To come to terms with the notion of consciousness as a creative dynamic, and thus changing, modality of awareness
- To experience culture as a distinct function of space and time that reaches beyond the particularities of ethnicity
- To engage natural abilities to discern fine distinctions between Jean Gebser’s structures of consciousness
- To develop specific skill sets of observation, inquiry, and creative interpretation that hearken to deeper historical undercurrents of consciousness
- To identify the ontological problem in the conceptual separation of subject and object, and to explore the possibility of unifying this separation
- To become aware of how our perceptions of space and time influence the way we perceive ‘reality’ in an historical context
- To learn how to examine visual art and poetics and identify the different structures of consciousness at play
- To successfully use new philosophical jargon designating the nuances signified by integral awareness; to gain experience with the use of historical, archaeological, and philological arguments
- To recognize the extended roles that magical, mythical, and mental awarenesses play in our current lives as aspects of our vital, psychological and conceptual selves
- To develop an understanding of ‘latency’ and ‘transparency’ as functions of insight into the integral world; to become familiar with Gebser’s philosophical method of synairesis