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ERIC Number: ED503467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec-8
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
The Empty Cup: "Teaching for Understanding" at 21st Century Edward Waters College. Occasional Paper #6
Fluellen, Jerry E., Jr.
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What happens in a final project that fosters teaching for understanding? That inquiry calls to mind the Taoist belief that emptiness makes a cup useful. In the context of this paper, the inquiry organizes a narrative about how teaching for understanding surfaced in a "Theories of Learning" course at Edward Waters College. At a deeper level, the story shows how the power teaching prototype could be applied to enhance the academic experience of primarily African American students. Teaching for understanding was the first factor in the power teaching prototype for 21st Century education. So Harvard University Project Zero Research Center's teaching for understanding framework and Howard Gardner's MI approach became the two instructional design theories for designing and delivering the final project described in an ethnographic-like story. Secondly, information literacy was another factor in power teaching. The practice of locating, evaluating, and creating information was missing in the curriculum for theories of learning. Missing also was Gardner's five minds of the future framework. Other factors of power teaching, information literacy and Gardner's quintet of minds, would become more explicit in a course makeover--a revised 21st Century theories of learning seminar. However, by the end of this paper, readers know what happens in the final project of a college psychology course. They have a full cup--a sense of teaching for understanding--and an empty cup for new inquiry. (A list of 19 annotated references is included.)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida