The Jesuit Ratio Studiorum of 1599 400th Anniversary Perspectives

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-01-01
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press

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The guiding pedagogical document for Jesuit education worldwide was definitively set out in a 1599 tome entitled Ratio Atque Instituto Studiorum Societatis Jesu, "The Plan and Methodology of Jesuit Education." This plan has been praised by scholars from Francis Bacon in the seventeenth century to Harry Broudy and Paul Shore in our day. Some scholars and educators, upon learning of this tradition for the first time, have called it a "best-kept secret." And so it was timely that, at the dawn of the new millennium, an invitational 400th anniversary celebration of the Ratio Studiorum would be held at Fordham University in October of 1999. The fruit of the scholarly papers presented there make up the substance of this book. In addition, two key documents of the late-twentieth-century renewal of Jesuit education are included in the appendixes of this volume. Both The Characteristics of Jesuit Education (1986) and Ignatian Pedagogy: A Practical Approach (1993) have been out of print in English and are provided here in full.

Author Biography

Fr. Vincent Duminuco, S.J. was Director of the International Jesuit Education Leadership Project

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
The Experience of Ignatius Loyola: Background to Jesuit Education
Howard Gray
Response to Howard Gray
George Aschenbrenner
The ``Modus Parisiensis''
Gabriel Codina
Response to Gabriel Codina
Louis B. Pascoe
How the First Jesuits Became Involved in Education
John W. O'Malley
Response to John W. O'Malley
John Elias
Development of the Ratio Studiorum
John W. Padberg
Response to John W. Padberg
Jenny Go
Women's Ways of Knowing and Learning: The Response of Mary Ward and Madeleine Sophie Barat to the Ratio Studiorum
Rosemary A. DeJulio
From the 1599 Ratio Studiorum to the Present: A Humanistic Tradition?
John W. O'Malley
A New Ratio for a New Millennium?
Vincent J. Duminuco
Appendix A: The Characteristics of Jesuit Education 162(69)
Appendix B: Ignatian Pedagogy: A Practical Approach 231(64)
Contributors 295(6)
Index 301

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