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  • 1. Creating a Culture of Pedagogical Learning
    Changing our cultural perceptions to create a new culture of learning
    FumikoFutamura
    Department of Math and CS
    Southwestern University
  • 2. What is culture?
    From a behavioral psychologist’s point of view,
    We have implicitly learned how to teach and
    how to learn about teaching.
    Culture is:
    learned behavior patterns and perceptions.
  • 3. Why change the culture?
    To expose more instructors to
    more techniques, so they can
    find one that works best in
    their classroom.
    To learn and utilize recent advances in neuroscience and learning research.
    To create a stronger sense of community.
    To help our students learn better.
  • 4. Using the science of change
    How Obama is Using the Science of Change, by Michael Grunwald, TIME 4/12/09
    How People Learn,
    J. Bransford, A. Brown, R. Cocking, editors,
    National Research Council
    3. The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
  • 5. How Obama is Using the Science of Changeby Michael Grunwald, TIME 4/12/09
    Provide knowledge.
    Make it easy.
    Make it popular.
    Make it lucrative… or required.
  • 6. 1. Provide knowledge.
    Teaching journals
    The Teaching Professor, JoSoTL, Math Forum list
    Listservs and newsletters
    NITLE: Peer Communities, Stanford: Tomorrow’s Professor…
    Center for Teaching websites
    Vanderbilt, U of Iowa, U of Kansas, Derek Bok Center at Harvard
    AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
    Books
    How People Learn, What the Best College Teachers Do, The Teaching Gap, The Art of Changing the Brain…
    Create a file cabinet of articles, syllabi, etc.
  • 7. 2. Make it easy.
    Start a “Teaching Circle”.
    Meet every week/2 weeks/month.
    Have possible topics and info ready, but ask for suggestions.
    Create lesson plans, projects, syllabi, etc. during the meeting.
    Send reminder emails.
    Make the binder readily accessible.
  • 8. 3. Make it popular.
    The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
    "the levels at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable.“
    –Bryan Walsh, “A Green Tipping Point”, TIME magazine, Oct 2007.
    What creates the tipping point?
    Law of the Few
    Find people who either:
    knows everybody and is very charismatic (connectors)
    keeps up-to-date on the latest research on teaching (mavens)
    is very persuasive (salespeople)
    Law of Stickiness
    Law of Context
  • 9. 3. Make it popular.
    What creates the tipping point?
    Law of the Few
    Law of Stickiness
    Make it stick… what makes it stick?
    What can we learn about stickiness from
    How People Learn
    J. Bransford, A. Brown, R. Cocking, editors,
    National Research Council
    Law of Context
    ?
  • 10. How People LearnJ. Bransford, A. Brown, R. Cocking, editors, National Research Council
    What makes it stick?
    Learner centered: Respond to their interests. Focus on their preconceptions and habits. Don’t lecture.
    Knowledge centered: Present new techniques/ideas and allow them to explore and understand how it might apply to their teaching
    Assessment centered: Allow for discussion about their experiments, provide feedback.
    Community centered: Cultivate a helpful, open, supportive, and dedicated community.
  • 11. How People LearnJ. Bransford, A. Brown, R. Cocking, editors, National Research Council
    What makes it stick?
    Learner centered: Respond to their interests. Focus on their preconceptions and habits. Don’t lecture.
    Knowledge centered: Present new techniques/ideas and allow them to explore and understand how it might apply to their teaching.
    Assessment centered: Allow for discussion about their experiments, provide feedback.
    Community centered: Cultivate a helpful, open, supportive, and dedicated community.
  • 12. How People LearnJ. Bransford, A. Brown, R. Cocking, editors, National Research Council
    What makes it stick?
    Learner centered: Respond to their interests. Focus on their preconceptions and habits. Don’t lecture.
    Knowledge centered: Present new techniques/ideas and allow them to explore and understand how it might apply to their teaching.
    Assessment centered: Allow then to share experiences, provide feedback.
    Community centered: Cultivate a helpful, open, supportive, and dedicated community.
  • 13. How People LearnJ. Bransford, A. Brown, R. Cocking, editors, National Research Council
    What makes it stick?
    Learner centered: Respond to their interests. Focus on their preconceptions and habits. Don’t lecture.
    Knowledge centered: Present new techniques/ideas and allow them to explore and understand how it might apply to their teaching.
    Assessment centered: Allow then to share experiences, provide feedback.
    Community centered: Cultivate a helpful, open, supportive, and dedicated community.
  • 14. 3. Make it popular.
    What creates the tipping point?
    Law of the Few
    Law of Stickiness
    Law of Context
    Make it convenient for the busy.
    Meet during lunch or afternoon tea.
    Prepare for classes for next semester.
    Create a highly accessible binder with contact information
  • 15. 4. Make it lucrative… or required.
    Establish teaching awards.
    Obtain grants to compensate you
    for your time and effort.
    Internal grants
    http://www.ntlf.com/html/grants/titles.htm
    http://www.colleges.org/faculty_renewal/index.html
    Tell colleagues they are already signed up to attend meetings, unless they email to opt-out.
  • 16. Can we change the culture of pedagogical learning?
    Yes we can!
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