October Shop Talks
Thursday, September 8, 2011 (Around 4 years ago)
Presenter: Elizabeth Baer Title: How I Spent my Summer Vacation: Travel to Dakar, Senegal, for Scholarly Research Time and Place: October 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm in the Interpretive Center Abstract: Under the auspices of CIEE, I traveled to West Africa this summer to take a seminar on contemporary literature and the arts in Senegal. The seminar was part of the research I am doing for my next scholarly project, a study of the links between colonialism and genocide. For the Shoptalk, I’ll share with the audience a preview of this project, some photos of amazing Senegal, and talk a bit about the advantages of such faculty development summer programs.
Presenter: Daniel Moos Title: “I do not want to hear multiple perspectives!” Theoretical and empirical perspectives on our students’ view of knowledge Time and Place: October 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm in the Interpretive Center Abstract:Though teacher education programs have traditionally focused on behaviors and instructional strategies, there has been a call for theoretically-grounded research that examines the latent foundation of these teaching components. This shift is grounded in empirical findings that suggest instructional practices are significantly associated with personal beliefs. Views about the nature of knowledge, for example, may affect how teachers treat course content and pedagogy. Collectively, these views relate to personal epistemology, a field of study that has enjoyed a long history. Recently, empirical research has begun to draw from this field and examine how personal epistemological beliefs affect pre-service teachers, development and experiences in the classroom. This Shop Talk will present and discuss results from a study I conducted with a senior Education student over the 2010-2011 academic year. Participants included a total of 93 Gustavus students from each developmental group (first year, sophomore, junior, and senior). Results indicate significant developmental trajectories, a certain robustness of personal epistemological beliefs, and a significant relationship between these beliefs and views related to instructional practices. Discussion will evolve around the issue of students, personal epistemological beliefs, their impact in the classroom, and why some students may not want to hear multiple perspectives!