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This presentation leverages the tension between genuine and artificial assessment and position first-year composition courses as an essential element in students’ transition from knowledge seekers to knowledge makers. FYC allows students to reform their relationship with information by introducing students to primary research and genuine inquiry based on authentic writing situations. A curriculum built around genuine inquiry naturally causes us to draw out the self-reliance, self-interest, and intellectual capital in our students.

This presentation leverages the tension between genuine and artificial assessment and position first-year composition courses as an essential element in students’ transition from knowledge seekers to knowledge makers. FYC allows students to reform their relationship with information by introducing students to primary research and genuine inquiry based on authentic writing situations. A curriculum built around genuine inquiry naturally causes us to draw out the self-reliance, self-interest, and intellectual capital in our students.

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From Knowledge-Seeking to Knowledge-Making: Improving Intellectual Capital in FYC Courses

  1. 1. Knowledge- Knowledge- Seeking Making: Improving Intellectual Capital in FYC Courses Christopher R. Friend (@chris_friend) University of Central Florida
  2. 2. 3 Problems of Capital in FYC Access Authority Application
  3. 3. #1 Access
  4. 4. This is big. PROBLEM #1: ACCESS 1,603,176,817,507,980 ft²
  5. 5. This is tiny. PROBLEM #1: ACCESS 900 ft²
  6. 6. This is huge. PROBLEM #1: ACCESS 0.036 ft²
  7. 7. #2 Authority
  8. 8. We treat students like raw materials. PROBLEM #2: AUTHORITY The Objective
  9. 9. Where does knowledge come from? PROBLEM #2: AUTHORITY The Source
  10. 10. “You are intellectually bankrupt.”
  11. 11. #3 Application
  12. 12. Tests are their ultimate goal. PROBLEM #3: APPLICATION Unknown Purpose/Audience
  13. 13. Teachers are arbitrary audiences. PROBLEM #3: APPLICATION Teacher Determination
  14. 14. PROBLEM #3: APPLICATION Audience Outside Class
  15. 15. Knowledge- Seeking
  16. 16. Knowledge- Making
  17. 17. Intellectual capital needs research. RESEARCH Primary research manufactures intellectual capital.
  18. 18. Inquiry motivates research. MOTIVATION Genuine inquiry infuses research with purpose.
  19. 19. Research needs real audiences. AUDIENCE Students bring to class access to authentic audiences.
  20. 20. Knowledge- Making Primary research Based on genuine inquiry Directed toward authentic audiences
  21. 21. Thank you.
  22. 22. Credits (all images licensed under Creative Commons) Blue marble image: NASA Classroom interior: Schplook on Flickr iPhone: Florin Hatmanu on Flickr (edited with his consent) Rows of desks: bara-koukoug on Flickr Book pages: fanz on Flickr Multiple-choice: albertogp123 on Flickr Papers to grade: courtesy Microsoft Wordpress Publish button: Matt Mullenweg and Evan Roth James Webb telescope mirror from NASA Goddard Photo and Video on Flickr Running cat from Malingering on Flickr Red chairs by Thomas Hawk on Flickr

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