The Art of Teaching: Oct 19 - Nov 6, 2009

Different levels of confidence... Grad and undergrad

Different levels of confidence... Grad and undergrad

by neil SMITH -
Number of replies: 2
What instructional processes can actively increase the levels of confidence and active engagement with the younger students?

Mary had suggested that grad students always have a greater sense of readiness to "engage actively".. and challenged us to think of sharing ideas of how we increase the capacity of undergrad students to connect with the learning with confidence.
In reply to neil SMITH

Re: Different levels of confidence... Grad and undergrad

by Mary Burgess -

I'm not sure I'd say "always", but certainly there is a trend... I was just reading a post Deirdre wrote in the Trust and Relationship building forum about Structured Controversy activities (tried to use the quote link but no luck there):

Structured Controversy (SC) – sometimes referred to as ‘Co-operative Controversy’ or ‘Structured Academic Controversy’ – is a co-operative learning activity. During SC all students, working in teams and small groups during class time, engage in an informal debate like discussion about a controversial issue arguing one position in Round 1 and then another position in Round 2. The purpose of SC is not to defeat the other side, but rather to uncover the various arguments pertaining to the issue in question." - M. D'Eon 2009

I'm thinking this would also be helpful for building confidence, since it's not about representing one's own points of view, rather it's a more objective representing of ideas people might have on a given topic.