Taking Constructivism Seriously (Tom Ludwig, Hope)

Thomas Ludwig, Psychology Department, Hope College (ludwig@hope.edu) [April 3, 2017] What Is Constructivism? Constructivism is an approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes the active role of the student, claiming that students learn by constructing internal representations of the concepts and principles in a course (Piaget, 1973; Dewey, 1938; Vygotsky,… Read More

From Knowledge to Social Action: Addressing College Student Alcohol Use Through Class “Service-Based Action Projects” (Susan Kennedy, Denison)

Susan Kennedy, Department of Psychology, Denison University Question: Can instructors leverage in-class learning to impact an important public health issue? Here’s one approach designed to use knowledge gained in a psychopharmacology class to address drinking among college students. The misuse of alcohol among college students represents a significant public health… Read More

Chemistry Students Tell a Convincing Story: In The Forensic Crime Lab

Rob Thompson, Professor of Chemistry, Oberlin College* Contact at Robert.Q.Thompson@oberlin.edu In 2015, the Association of American College and Universities issued a report (Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success) that listed the skills that employers seek in college graduates. The outcomes most highly valued were critical thinking and analytic reasoning,… Read More

The Risks and Rewards of Teaching Pop Culture

Amity Reading Department of English DePauw University Like any other discipline, medieval literature has its own unique challenges when it comes to teaching. If students can manage to get past the complicated historical context, convoluted language, and sometimes inscrutable narrative digressions, they are still frequently left with a paradoxical kind… Read More