Presentation on theme: "Teaching Discipline Majors: A Case of an Introductory Course to Education Jinting Wu Assistant Professor Faculty of Education."— Presentation transcript:
Teaching Discipline Majors: A Case of an Introductory Course to Education Jinting Wu Assistant Professor Faculty of Education
Outline My approaches to course design Two principles of teaching Challenges
Course Topics and Learning Objectives Is schooling and education the same thing? Are they equal to curricular instruction that goes on inside the classrooms? Why or why not? What role do social, economic, and cultural factors outside the classroom play in influencing educational processes (such as student learning, interaction, and teacher-student relations) and outcomes (such as student achievements, identities, and future trajectories)? To what extent, and in what ways, do schools promote social opportunities, and to what extent, and in what ways, do schools reinforce existing patterns of power, privilege, and hierarchy? How do inequalities relate to social class, ethnicity, race, gender, etc. and impact students’ learning processes and outcomes?
Teaching as an Unequal Playing Field A story of Joseph Jacotot, an exile French schoolteacher who discovered an unconventional teaching method to teach in French to Flemish students who knew no French. The result of his experiment led to a few provocative questions: Are people equally intelligent? Is knowledge necessary to teach? Is explication necessary to learn? Can teaching be a form of intellectual emancipation?
Two Principles Guiding My Teaching Building connections Practicing the ethics of undecidability through a three-question approach
Two Principles Guiding My Teaching Building connections – Short exercise: news articles, personal experiences, memorabilia (things related to that week’s subject matter) – Short essays connecting with current news and education policies Practicing the ethics of undecidability through a three-question approach – What do you see? – What enables you to see it in this particular way? – What does this way of seeing conceal and reveal?
Challenges Students take ownership of their own learning The habit to read
The class is a safe place to fail. The best learning occurs when students become aware that they are responsible for their own education. Teachers are not the source of all knowledge, but an instrument to awaken students’ dormant imagination. A community of inquiry is not easy to achieve, but highly desirable. --Milton Glaser A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. --Mark Twain