HERDSA: Students Without an Interest in Your Subject
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 10:11:32 +1000 (EST)
Steve Fallows posts this message about collecting case studies which illustrate ways in which to teach students who don't have an interest in your subject but who "need" to learn it.
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Students Without an Interest in Your Subject -
Many lecturers face the difficult task of teaching their subject to
students whose primary learning interest is elsewhere. This situation
arises when it is deemed to be essential that students gain an
understanding of subjects which underpin their primary subject.
For example, I have been working with a colleague whose role it is to
deliver science courses to students whose interest lies in topics such
as architecture, design, surveying and contruction etc. The science
is necessary for the understanding of the primary subject. In order
to motivate the students in respect of the science courses a number of
"experiential practicals" have been developed and implemented
It appears to my colleague (Dr Kemal Ahmet) and I that there is likely
to be interest in a book containing a collection of case studies which
illustrate ways in which to teach students who don't have an interest
in your subject but who 'need' to learn it. The case studies should
focus on university level education.
If you are interested in this project, please send a brief email reply
with an indication of the approach used, the nature of the students
and, if possible, indication of evaluated outcomes.
If the responses indicate that there is sufficient interest then I
will ask for a short abstract of your case study. These short
abstracts will then be used to formulate a proposal for publication of
the collection. Only if this proposal is accepted by an appropriate
publisher will I ask you to prepare a full write-up of your material.
Many thanks for your attention.
I look forward to hearing from colleagues willing and able to
contribute to the proposed publication.
Dr Stephen Fallows
Head - Educational Services Unit
University of Luton
Bedfordshire LU1 3JU
Tel 01582 489287, Fax 01582 743237
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