To accomplish this, we worked over the summer to revise the course assignments and lessonplans. We have revised the fall course content (INCL 370) and will be meeting with the Museum of Play staff in January 2008, prior to the start of the Spring 2008 semester, in order to review the results of the revised course content and to plan for the revisions in the Spring course (INCL 360.) With the following interesting results…While the project is still at an interim stage, we find that students are at first resistant to the alternative assignments and experiences that we present at the Strong Museum of Play. It takes, in our two-semester experience, the entire semester for the students to begin to see that alternative experiences can lead to significant learning. Our results, based on students’ feedback through fieldwork reports and writing, suggest that they learn as much if not more about the varying contexts in which human learning and development can thrive. However, given that there are multiple factors that can lead to students’ successful professional site-based experiences (e.g. teaching quality at college and museum, different student contexts), we are unwilling to pinpoint what factors lead to students’ improved work. We also may notbe able to tell how this site influenced students until well into the students’ teaching careers.Heidi NorthwoodThe purpose of my project, Teaching and Learning in situ: A Philosophical Exploration of ‘On-the-Road’ Pedagogy, was to 1) reflect on and write about the transformation in pedagogy and the pedagogy of transformation through teaching and learning in situ, as a coordinator, lecturer, and observer in the Nazareth College trip to Northern Sicily, May 2007, and 2) develop a conceptual basis for the pedagogical value of teaching and learning in situ(with a view to developing a course to be taught in either Athens or Syracuse on a regular basis).To accomplish this… (and) With the following interesting results…Center for Teaching ExcellencePage 122007 Grant VignettesNazareth College
Goal 1 a):Wrote two papers which were presented to participants in the Nazareth College trip to Sicily in May 2007: (a) “Thucydides, the Sicilian Expedition, and the role of Segesta”, and (b) “Harmonia & Chaos: Conceptions of Travel”.Outcome:Both the papers were written on schedule, and in fact, I wrote three other papers as well, “Himera: Sicily’s ‘Persian War’”, “Himera: Steischorus’ Recantation”, and “Tydari: Who was Dionysius I?”Goal 1 b):Presented the above two papers and collected formal feedback relative to learning objectives.Outcome:Four of the five papers were presented in Sicily (the fifth could not be dueto scheduling complications). Unfortunately, the cancelled lecture was “Harmonia & Chaos: Conceptions of Travel”, and at it I was going to collect the formal feedback regarding learning objectives. This has hampered my work somewhat, but see the outcomes for 1 c) and d).