Clearing the Misty Landscape: Teaching Students What They Didn't Know Then, But Know Now

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Abstract

The central goals of teaching are to educate students about the course material and stimulate their intellectual development more generally. Yet faculty have few avenues to assess teaching effectiveness on these fronts, and students have few opportunities to reflect upon their own growth as scholars and citizens. This article details an exercise that can be used in the classroom to accomplish active reflection on the educational experience for both teachers and students. While the exercise described in this paper has been employed in a small advanced undergraduate seminar in sociology, it can be adapted for both larger classes and courses in other disciplines. This two-part exercise reinforces the value of investing in education, stimulates critical thinking, and encourages the retention of course material for students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-37
Number of pages6
JournalCollege Teaching
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 17 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

Keywords

  • achievement
  • evaluation
  • learning objectives
  • pedagogy

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