ERIC Number: EJ1104878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
What Does It Mean to Teach "Interpretively"?
Dodge, Jennifer; Holtzman, Richard; van Hulst, Merlijn; Yanow, Dvora
Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, v9 n1 p73-84 Spr 2016
The "interpretive turn" has gained traction as a research approach in recent decades in the empirical social sciences. While the contributions of interpretive research and interpretive research methods are clear, we wonder: Does an interpretive perspective lend itself to--or even demand--a particular style of teaching? This question was at the heart of a roundtable discussion we organised at the 2014 Interpretive Policy Analysis (IPA) International Conference. This essay reports on the contours of the discussion, with a focus on our reflections upon what it might mean to teach "interpretively." Prior to outlining these, we introduce the defining characteristics of an interpretive perspective and describe our respective experiences and interests in this conversation. In the hope that this essay might constitute the beginning of a wider conversation, we close it with an invitation for others to respond.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Interpretive Skills, Social Sciences, Research, Teaching Styles, Essays, Reflection, Discussion Groups
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