Center For Teaching & Learning Workshop

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:30am - 1:00pm
Graduate Student Center 305

Kristian Taketomo, CTL Graduate Fellow, History
Helping Students Approach Learning in the Humanities and Social Sciences

DATE: Tuesday, October 6, 2015
TIME: 11:30am-1:00pm
LOCATION: Graduate Student Center 305

Courses in the humanities and social sciences attract students from a staggering array of disciplines, with equally varied motivations. Some wish to broaden their minds or plump their résumés, others want to explore specific interests not addressed in their home fields, a few seek simply to satisfy requirements. This diversity of academic skill sets and perspectives can be an asset, but instructors also must wrestle with wide disparities in background knowledge. How should we teach students with such diverse intentions, expectations, and starting points? In this workshop, we will discuss teaching strategies and learning objectives in the humanities and social science classroom. What qualities, if any, are unique to this space? What advantages or obstacles might we contend with given our subject matter or disciplinary methods? As a group, we will discuss how we teach writing, reading, note-taking, and critical thinking; how we connect lecture to recitation; and the teaching goals of our particular discipline in both the short- and long-term. 

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