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Lecture 8 - SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers Lecture 8...

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SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers 9/12/07 Lecture 8 Sharing or distribution of lecture notes, or sharing of your subscription, is ILLEGAL and will be prosecuted. Our non-profit, student-run program depends on your individual subscription for its continued existence. These notes are copyrighted by the University of California and are for your personal use only. Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course LECTURE How you learn sociology has a lot to do with how you learn. I need to clue you in to something that underlies how a class like this works. Netjets was advertising in the back of the Harvard magazine with a picture of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. A letter came to me from Harvard. Ok, I admit it, I’m a Harvard alum. Part of Harvard’s fundraising pitch is to make it able for students to do whatever they want. It is becoming industry standard. What is it you’re supposed to learn here at the big U? This paragraph says: A Harvard education is a liberal education—that is, an education conducted in a spirit of free inquiry undertaken without concern for topical relevance or vocational utility. The aim of a liberal education is to unsettle presumptions, to defamiliarize the familiar, [and] to reveal what is going on beneath and behind appearances… [We] aim to accomplish these things by questioning assumptions, by inducing self- reflection, by teaching students to think critically and analytically… the role of general education, as we conceive it, is to connect it an explicit what students learn at Harvard to life beyond Harvard, and to help them understand and appreciate the complexities of the world and their role in it. Bloom’s Taxonomy I was delight to find out that the dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at Harvard and I have the same wavelength when it comes to instruction on the curriculum. More insight into what goes on at the temple of knowledge. Benjamin Bloom was a learning psychologist in his day at the University of Chicago. He was a cognitive theorist. He was very interested in learning how people learn, and how they learned the different things that they did learn. Everybody who gets a teaching credential these days is exposed to this chart: Bloom’s taxonomy. There are different degrees of complexity of knowledge, and different ways that people need to learn.
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ASUC Lecture Notes Online Sociology 3AC 9/12/07 Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course 2 Most of the time, the baseline assumption is that students need to remember. But, I said in the syllabus that we’re not just about remembering. That’s just the first step. We can jump up another level—understanding. Do you understand it? Can you ask questions about it? How or why is this true or interesting?
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