Enduring Student Learning Problems in Our Classrooms"
This series will examine
ways to better understand the kinds of enduring learning problems students experience
in our classes. Sessions will focus on ways to investigate and respond to these
problems. Next semester will include working sessions in which instructors discuss
classroom inquiry projects.
How do students preconceptions and misconceptions of the subject matter complicate learning
and teaching? Faculty and staff are invited to attend the first session
in a new series on teaching and learning issues. This session explores student
preconceptions and misconceptions of subject matter in different disciplines.
What students already know has an important influence on what they will learn
and how they will respond to teaching. Discussion will also focus on how to
investigate these issues in your own courses.
How does student motivation
complicate learning and teaching? Why dont some students want to learn? Why do some students give up quickly while others persist in the face of
difficulty? Why do so many students work only for a grade and show little enthusiasm
for meaningful learning? Do teachers have any influence on students motivation
for learning? We will examine some contemporary research on motivation that
can help us understand and address these questions in our classrooms.