Helping Students Learn Discipline-Specific Ways of Thinking and Practicing: Examples from Across the Disciplines

Wednesday, March 19 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Center for Teaching Excellence UNH 3030, 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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Contributors:
John David Dionisio, PhD, Computer Science
Elizabeth Drummond, PhD, History
Rachel Washburn, PhD, Sociology

Recent research suggests that lasting learning occurs when students understand and can apply disciplinary perspectives and frameworks. Yet as instructors we often focus on content knowledge and fail to emphasize the methods of inquiry that characterize our disciplines. During this panel presentation, faculty from the humanities, social sciences, and computer sciences will describe strategies for helping students learn discipline-specific ways of thinking and practicing. Presenters will discuss common learning challenges for students and the specific steps they have taken to address these challenges, especially with respect to assignments. Though there will be short, formal presentations from three faculty members, we have scheduled plenty of time for discussion. We welcome faculty from across disciplines to join us in considering strategies for making discipline-specific modes of inquiry a more central part of our teaching.  

This presentation is part of Rachel Washburn's CTE Faculty Associate Project on Engaging Students in Disciplinary Ways of Knowing and Practicing.

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to teachers@lmu.edu or x85866.

This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.

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