14 décembre 2014

Students as Producers, Students as Partners

By Steven Mintz. What is the proper relationship between faculty members and their students? Several models prevail. There is the teacher as content transmitter, embodied most obviously in the teacher as lecturer who delivers content or ideas. There is the teacher as interrogator, the Socratic questioner personified most vividly by John Houseman in The Paper Chase. By posing questions, the instructor seeks to elicit information, stimulate critical thinking, and subject ideas to rigorous scrutiny and analysis. Then there is the teacher as discussion leader. For many humanists, this is teaching’s Platonic ideal, epitomized by Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society: The seminar leader, who directs a conversation, poses questions, and draws students out. More...

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