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Convergent Teaching: Tools to Spark Deeper Learning in College

Author: Aaron M. Pallas
Author: Anna Neumann
Date: December 10, 2019
Language: English
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Abstract: Drawing on rich research on K–12 classroom teaching, the authors develop the novel idea of convergent teaching, an approach that attends simultaneously to what students are learning and the personal, social, and cultural contexts shaping this process. Convergent teaching, they write, spurs teachers to join students' cognitions with the students' emotions and identities as they learn. Offering new ways to think about how college teachers can support and advance their students' learning of core disciplinary ideas, Pallas and Neumann outline targeted actions that campus administrators, public policy makers, and foundation leaders can take to propel such efforts. Vivid examples of instructors enacting three key principles―targeting, surfacing, and navigating―help bring the idea of convergent teaching to life.
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Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
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