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  • 1. Exploring A New Approach to Instruction in Higher Education
    A Master’s of Education project with the Institute for Humane Education
  • 2. What is Humane Education?
    Providing accurate information
    Fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical
    thinking
    • Instilling reverence, respect, and responsibility
    • 3. Offering positive choices and tools for problem solving
  • Institute for Humane Education
    Masters Program
    Introduction to Humane Education
    Environmental Ethics
    Animal Protection
    Human Rights
    Practicum
    Independent Learning Project
    Other Programs
    Certificate
    Online Courses
    Summer Institute
    Teacher Trainings
    Web Community
    www.humaneeducation.org
  • 4. Independent Learning Project
    Falls into one of three categories:
    Research – program evaluation, survey project
    Creative – video production, children’s book
    Professional – business plan, curriculum
    Inquiry in Systems Change Project
    Curriculum development project
    A need within Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots
    A critical need in Higher Education in general
    A personal interest
  • 5. A Critical Need to Do this Work
    Academically Adrift
    A longitudinal four year research project with used the Collegiate Learning Assessment to examine how individual experiences and institutional contexts are related to students’ development of critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing skills.
    Learning in Higher Education – Project Description - http://highered.ssrc.org/?page_id=28
    Social Sciences Research Council
  • 6. A Critical Need to Do this Work
    Academically Adrift
    Core Findings
    Students define their college experiences as more social than academic, spend a limited amount of time studying, and choose classes that will not require much work of them.
    Gains in critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing skills were disturbingly low.
    Inequalities among students persist into their collegiate experiences.
    There is notable variation in experiences and outcomes across institutions.
    Learning in Higher Education – Core Findings - http://highered.ssrc.org/?page_id=28
    Social Sciences Research Council
  • 7. Inquiry in Systems Change Project
    Provides a framework and curriculum for the use of action research and appreciative inquiry as techniques for instruction.
  • 8. Inquiry in Systems Change Project
    Explores the stories of effective change-makers, in environmental ethics, animal protection and human rights and what they did to change the systems around them.
  • 9. Inquiry in Systems Change Project
    Calls students to think critically about the systems of which they are a part, identify ways they can build off the good parts to make them better, or imagine and innovate entirely new systems.
  • 10. Inquiry in Systems Change Project
    Guides students through the process of developing their own small scale project that addresses an issue in a system of which they are a part.
  • 11. Some Definitions
    Action Research
    Participatory reflective process and iterative approach to problem solving.
    Appreciative Inquiry
    Systematic discovery of what gives “life” to a living system when it is most alive, most effective, and most constructively capable in economic, ecological, and human terms.
    Uses unconditional positive questions.
  • 12. Typical Action Research Model
    Margaret Riel – Center for Collaborative Action Research
  • 13. Positive
    Life Giving
    Core
    The Appreciative Inquiry “4-D” Cycle
    Appreciate “the best of what is”
    Create “what will be”
    Imagine “what could be”
    Determine “what should be”
    http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/
  • 14. The Appreciative Inquiry “4-D” Cycle
    http://www.clergyleadership.com/appreciative/ai.html
  • 15. ProblemSolving
    Appreciative Inquiry
    http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/
  • 16. Example of AI in Practice
    A consulting agency is tasked with reducing sexual harassment cases at their client’s company.
    They offer educational programs and information to the company’s employees to no avail.
    AI is used to find another solution – rather than addressing sexual harassment directly, the agency develops new programs around fostering quality inter-gender relationships.
    From: A Positive Revolution in Change - http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/uploads/whatisai.pdf
  • 17. The Class and The Practice
    So it’s action research, what are we studying?
    What are commonalities among people who are effective at changing systems or innovating new ones?
    What are effective strategies for teaching in Higher Education?
    So we’re going to use Appreciative Inquiry? How?
  • 18. Question Framework
    Considering the work of [Change-maker X], what do we appreciatethe most about their approach and what they accomplished?
    Reflecting on [Answer to Question #1], how can we build off of [Change-maker X]’s work in today’s context to make it better?
  • 19. Exemplary Change-makers
  • 20. Exemplary Change-makers
    Considering an exemplary change-maker that you’re aware of, what do you appreciate the most about how and what they accomplished?
    Considering the issue they addressed, how would you build off of what they accomplished in today’s context?
  • 21. Holistic Approach
    Every day, each and every one of us makes a difference. It’s up to use to choose how we’re going to use that difference to make the world a better place.
    Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE
  • 22. Holistic Approach
    When we’re talking about making systems better, or innovating entirely new ones, we can only be effective when we do so through a holistic lens.
    Environmental Ethics
    Animal Protection
    Human Rights
  • 23. A Practice that Could Be Used Broadly
    Choose experts and change-makers from your field.
    Invite the students to learn about their work, and ask them to say how they appreciate it, and how they would build off of it.
    Challenge them to do just that.
  • 24. A Practice that Could Be Used Broadly
    Professor X – I want to teach a class about water.
    Human rights – Privatization of water – who’s a change-maker in this arena?
    Environmental Ethics – Water Pollution - who’s a change-maker in this arena?
    Animal Protection – Aquatic Wildlife Conservation - who’s a change-maker in this arena?
  • 25. Project Planning
    Research and Development
    SMART Goals
    Work Breakdown Structures
    Identity and Marketing
    Budgeting and Finance
    Evaluation
  • 26. Course Breakdown
  • 27. Course Breakdown
  • 28. Assessment
  • 29. Curriculum Components
    Syllabus
    Suggested Course Readings
    Suggested Course Resources (Videos/Articles)
    Reading and Discussion Guides
    Writing Activities and Assignments
    Guide to Creating a Course Blog
    Project Planning Activities and Resources
  • 30. Websites Referenced
    www.humaneeducation.org
    highered.ssrc.org
    cadres.pepperdine.edu/ccar/
    appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/
    www.clergyleadership.com/appreciative/ai.html