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ERIC Number: EJ1146274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 8
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ISSN: EISSN-1812-9129
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Re-Writing Interpersonal Communication: A Portfolio-Based Curriculum for Process Pedagogy and Moving Theory into Practice
Cunningham, Summer; Bartesaghi, Mariaelena; Bowman, Jim; Bender, Jennifer
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v29 n2 p381-388 2017
How does one create a class where the theoretical concepts emerge through classroom practice and engagement? This is the question that Mariaelena posed to herself when taking over the position of Director of the Interpersonal Communication course at the University of South Florida. In this essay we describe how we worked through a new way of teaching--and doing--interpersonal communication that captures Carey's (1989) focus on the centrality of process over product. We did so by way of some important tools of what is alternatively known as critical or process pedagogy (e.g., Elbow, 1986; 2013): an interpersonal dynamic that includes ongoing grading, writing to learn, and the portfolio method. This semester-long, process-oriented portfolio assignment is effective and beneficial because it facilitates an important shift in the power dynamic of the classroom by disrupting students' expectations for evaluation and shifting the learner's orientation from product to process. We share our portfolio method because we believe it can be adapted to fit the unique cultures and needs of other humanities and social sciences courses, instructors, and institutions.
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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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Identifiers - Location: Florida (Tampa)
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