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ERIC Number: EJ853485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
The Syllabus as Passport into a Common Culture of Teaching and Learning: Developing and Assessing Strategies for Dealing with Diversity
Green, Barbara; Stortz, Martha
Teaching Theology & Religion, v9 n4 p221-228 Oct 2006
Finding themselves teaching to increasingly diverse student populations, two mid-career faculty from different disciplines embarked on a common voyage to make their foundational courses more sensitive to student learning styles. Adrift in the seas of multiple intelligences and multiculturalism, the researchers quickly abandoned any hope of developing distinctive teaching portfolios for individual learning profiles. Instead, they structured the syllabus to be the passport into a common culture of teaching and learning in the classroom. Syllabus design and on-going "spot" assessments proved trusty guides in re-centering learning on the students' needs. In the process of outlining these two strategies for creating a common culture of teaching and learning, the article offers testimony that old dogs can learn new tricks! Additional materials, including syllabi used in these courses and in class assessment tools, can be found on the Web page of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion:
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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