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The University and its Disciplines : Teaching and Learning within and beyond disciplinary boundaries - Carolin Kreber

The University and its Disciplines

Teaching and Learning within and beyond disciplinary boundaries

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2008
ISBN: 9780415965200
Number Of Pages: 246

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University teaching and learning take place within ever more specialized disciplinary settings, each characterized by its unique traditions, concepts, practices and procedures. It is now widely recognized that support for teaching and learning needs to take this discipline-specificity into account. However, in a world characterized by rapid change, complexity and uncertainty, problems do not present themselves as distinct subjects but increasingly within trans-disciplinary contexts calling for graduate outcomes that go beyond specialized knowledge and skills. This ground-breaking book highlights the important interplay between context-specific and context-transcendent aspects of teaching, learning and assessment. It explores critical questions, such as:

What are the 'ways of thinking and practicing' characteristic of particular disciplines? How can students be supported in becoming participants of particular disciplinary discourse communities?

Can the diversity in teaching, learning and assessment practices that we observe across departments be attributed exclusively to disciplinary structure?

To what extent do the disciplines prepare students for the complexities and uncertainties that characterize their later professional, civic and personal lives?
Written for university teachers, educational developers as well as new and experienced researchers of Higher Education, this highly-anticipated first edition offers innovative perspectives from leading Canadian, US and UK scholars on how academic learning within particular disciplines can help students acquire the skills, abilities and dispositions they need to succeed academically and also post graduation.

Carolin Kreber is Professor of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Assessment at the University of Edinburgh

Industry Reviews

"Professor Kreber draws on an impressive array of scholars and practitioners from the UK, Europe, the US and Canada to explore the central question: are academic disciplines up to the task of preparing undergraduates for life, work and civic engagement in today's complex, uncertain world? This wide-ranging and challenging concern is explored from a number of perspectives which go far beyond the oft-rehearsed notions of graduate attributes." --Fran Beaton, ESCalate, February 11, 2009

"...Professionals who have the responsibility to ponder the nature of higher education in the twenty-first century will find a provocative and rewarding basis for their work here."--Max Oromaner, Education Review (November 2009)

"This book is an instructive treasure chest and it can, indeed, help us open up our sense of who "we" are and who our students might become. Thinking through these issues forces us to think deeply and theoretically about our field in new ways."--Teaching Theology and Religion

Figures and tablesp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Preface: Background and Structure of this Bookp. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiv
Introduction: Setting the Contextp. 1
Supporting Student Learning in the Context of Diversity, Complexity and Uncertaintyp. 3
The Modern Research University and its Disciplines: The Interplay between Contextual and Context-transcendent Influences on Teachingp. 19
Disciplines and Their Epistemological Structurep. 33
(Research-based) The Commons: Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Encountersp. 35
(Reactive) Academic Disciplines: Homes or Barricades?p. 50
(Reactive) Hard and Soft - A Useful Way of Thinking about Disciplines? Reflections from Engineering Education on Disciplinary Identitiesp. 58
Ways of Thinking and Practicingp. 69
(Research-based) Ways of Thinking and Practicing in Biology and History: Disciplinary Aspects of Teaching and Learning Environmentsp. 71
(Reactive) Exploring Disciplinarity in Academic Development: Do "Ways of Thinking and Practicing" Help Faculty to Think about Learning and Teaching?p. 84
(Reactive) Opening History's "Black Boxes": Decoding the Disciplinary Unconscious of Historiansp. 96
Exploring Disciplinary Teaching and Learning From a Socio-Cultural Perspectivep. 105
(Research-based) Guiding Students into a Discipline: The Significance of the Teacherp. 107
(Reactive) Diverse Student Voices within Disciplinary Discoursesp. 119
(Reactive) Guiding Students into a Discipline: The Significance of the Student's Viewp. 129
Learning Partnerships in Disciplinary Learningp. 141
(Research-based) Educating Students for Self-Authorship: Learning Partnerships to Achieve Complex Outcomesp. 143
(Reactive) Supporting Student Development In and Beyond the Disciplines: The Role of the Curriculump. 157
(Reactive) Constraints to Implementing Learning Partnership Models and Self-Authorship in the Arts and Humanitiesp. 169
Disciplines and Their Interactions with Teaching and Learning Regimesp. 179
(Research-based) Beyond Epistemological Essentialism: Academic Tribes in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 181
(Reactive) Exploring Teaching and Learning Regimes in Higher Education Settingsp. 196
(Reactive) Teaching and Learning Regimes from Within: Significant Networks as a Locus for the Social Construction of Teaching and Learningp. 209
General Observations on Previous Themesp. 219
Assessment for Career and Citizenshipp. 221
Teaching Within and Beyond the Disciplines: The Challenge for Facultyp. 231
Indexp. 238
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ISBN: 9780415965200
ISBN-10: 0415965209
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 1st September 2008
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1

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