Teachable Moments: Essays on Experiential Education

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How do educators better reach their students, better capture their attention and imagination without sacrificing scholarship? Teachable Moments: Essays on Experiential Education examines the pedagogy of Prescott College, a school that has embraced experiential education and been finding success with it for over thirty years. These essays—from scholars in fields as wide ranging as religious studies, environmental science, psychology, dance, literature, adventure education, and peace studies—examine the challenges ...

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Overview

How do educators better reach their students, better capture their attention and imagination without sacrificing scholarship? Teachable Moments: Essays on Experiential Education examines the pedagogy of Prescott College, a school that has embraced experiential education and been finding success with it for over thirty years. These essays—from scholars in fields as wide ranging as religious studies, environmental science, psychology, dance, literature, adventure education, and peace studies—examine the challenges and, ultimately, the rewards of student-centered education. Each essay is preceded by an introduction that presents a synopsis of the work, the writer's biographical information, and a brief comment from the writer. The principles of experiential education, from pedagogy and class preparation to actual experiences and administrative duties, are shared throughout in story and anecdote. Teachable Moments: Essays on Experiential Education is a helpful guide for all educators.

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Christopher Cokinos
Teachable Moments isn't just a field guide to great teaching ideas; it's also a thoughtful examination of why a classroom with straight rows of desks is often the worst place for real learning. Sometimes the best place is a canyon-filled with dancers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761833468
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Dean Johnson is a former fiction editor at Hayden's Ferry Review. He has taught composition, creative nonfiction, and fiction at Kansas State University, The University of Alabama, Arizona State University, Cameron University, and Prescott College. His essays and stories have appeared in several journals including Ascent, F. Scott Fitzgerald Review, New Orleans Review, Santa Clara Review, and The Southern Review.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Part I: Pedagogical Approaches to Experiential Education Chapter 4 Part II: Experiential Education in Practice Chapter 5 Acknowledgements Chapter 6 About the Editor

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