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The Teaching Challenge

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Case Study - Philosophy

Group Discussion Results

What may be going on for the students in this scenario?

  • No balance in the feedback; students may be overwhelmed
  • Superficial and fragmented knowledge
  • Little active learning
  • Unconscious competence of the professor

What learning principles might help us understand the problem and determine teaching approaches?

  • Knowledge organization
  • Mastery integration

What teaching strategies might you suggest and why

  • Timeline to keep track of the mistakes
  • Focus the students: do not give them all the answers
  • Match the expectation
  • Target feedback
  • Ask students what they learned about writing at the end of the year; what makes a good paper?
  • Have students grade each others' papers to realize types of errors, what makes a good paper, etc.
  • Ask students in higher years to evaluate



  • Ambrose, S.A., Bridges, M.W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M.C., Norman, M.K. (2010). How Learning Works: 7 Researched-based Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Doyle, Terry. (2008) Helping Students Learn in a Learner-Centered Environment. Sterling: Stylus