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Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts
People in the politics of change
September 10, 2004
- On the Politics of Teaching Reform
- Working with JiTT and the Freshman Learning Project (FLP) at Indiana University, Novak emphasizes the significance of academic reform in the 21st century. Changes in student population, information technology, and research on teaching and learning have increased the prominence of teaching activities for faculty and institutions.
- Reflection on Novak's "On the politics of teaching reform"
- David Koetje reflects on Gregor Novak's essay and his own experiences with changes in the biology curriculum at Calvin College.
- Changing to a student-centered learning environment
- Based on Novak's views on teaching reform, Gay Stewart focuses on her personal experiences with student-centered learning at the University of Arkansas.
- Informed Participation and Empowerment - From Leadership
- This essay from Leadership addresses the issues involved in empowering individuals to take an active role in transforming systems by encouraging the system's users to become owners of the problems.
- The collaborative, community-building, results-oriented approach
- A car ride to a PKAL meeting at Beloit College sparked a conversation leading to a collaborative, community-building, results-oriented approach in courses.
- Comment on the essay, "On the politics of teaching reform"
- Yildirim Dilek adds a fourth development to Novak's list - the changing status of the "social contract" between science and the public, and the need to bring relevance to not only the students in the classroom but also the public.