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ERIC Number: EJ1065112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: EISSN-1918-2902
Deconstructive Misalignment: Archives, Events, and Humanities Approaches in Academic Development
Holmes, Trevor M.; Sutherland, Kathryn A.
Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v6 n2 Article 11 2015
Using poetry, role play, readers' theatre, and creative manipulations of space through yarn and paper weaving, a workshop in 2008 challenged one of educational development's more pervasive and least questioned notions ("constructive alignment" associated most often with the work of John Biggs). This paper describes the reasoning behind using humanities approaches specifically in this case and more generally in the Challenging Academic Development Collective's work, as well as problematising the notions of "experiment" and "results" by unarchiving and re-archiving such a nonce-event. The critical stakes in using an anti-empirical method are broached, and readers are encouraged to experience their own version of the emergent truths of such approaches by drawing their own conclusions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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