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ERIC Number: EJ897451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0736-7627
Learning outside Our Disciplines: How Being Music Students Makes Us Better Teachers
Benander, Ruth; Pettit, Rhonda; Harmony, Stephena; Skutar, Claudia
Journal of Faculty Development, v23 n2 p13-18 May 2009
This paper presents the critical reflections of four mid-career professors who are also beginning music students. These case studies, developed during a faculty learning community, outline how the experience of being learners changed how these professors taught their classes in enduring ways. Based on theories of experiential learning, research in expert/novice learning, and research in emotion and learning, the authors assert that critical reflection on the experience of being a novice learner in a discipline outside one's expertise is a powerful form of faculty development. Experiencing learning outside one's discipline puts the expert teacher into the novice student state. The change of perspective leads to teaching insights. This experiment in experiential learning emphasized the importance of compassion, the benefits of praise, and the necessity of structure for novice students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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