Eloquentia Perfecta Glossary
GlossaryThe purpose of this document is to promote a shared language with which to discuss the goals and teaching in Eloquentia Perfecta.
Artifact: a product of student work generated in a course
Abilities: dispositions and skills that students bring to their learning experiences and that will be further advanced and enriched1
Competencies: dispositions and skills that students have developed as a result of their learning experiences and that meet the determined expectations for mastery1
Curiosity: the desire to know more about the world2
Digital Tools: software and devices
Engagement: the investment in and effort directed toward learning, understanding and mastering knowledge and skills2
Open Mindedness: a willingness to consider new ways of being in the world and thinking about the world2
Qualities of Rhetorical Tradition within Eloquentia PerfectaRhetoric: good person speaking well; the art of effective expression by means of appropriate language3; a planned activity, adapted to an audience, revealing human motives, that is responsive, and seeks to persuade4
Creativity: the capacity to generate novel, original, clever or ingenious questions, products, solutions, & techniques2
Critical Reflection/Thinking: active, persistent, and careful considerations of any belief or knowledge in the light of the grounds that support it5
Ethics: acting in ways consistent with what society typically thinks are good values
Inquiry: the process of posing questions/generating hypothesis, gathering and evaluating information6
Persuasion: verbal and non-verbal actions targeted at changing minds, beliefs, and actions
Prudence: practical wisdom gained from experience
Reflection: being cognizant about on-going, past, and future actions; both “looking forward” and “casting backward;” the processes by which we know what we have accomplished and by which we articulate accomplishment, as well as the products of those processes7
1. Core competencies transforming curriculum & assessment.
2. National Council of Teachers of English and National Writing Project. Framework for
success in postsecondary writing. http://wpacouncil.org/files/framework-for-success-postsecondary-writing.pdf
3. Merkley, G. (1902). A modern rhetoric. New York: Newson & Co.
4. Herrick, J. (2005). The history and theory of rhetoric: An introduction. Boston: Pearson.
5. Dewey, J. (1997). How we think. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, Inc.
6. The Art Costa Centre for Thinking. http://www.artcostacentre.com/html/habits.htm
7. Yancey, K. (1998). Reflection in the writing classroom.
Logan: Utah State UniversityPress. http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/usupress_pubs/120/