Contested spaces: Power and authority in an introductory undergraduate course

Uzi Zevik Brami, Iris Tabak

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Introductory undergraduate courses are meant to induct learners into a field of study and prepare them for advanced courses. This requires a delicate balance between presenting learners with canonical interpretations, and giving learners opportunities to engage in their own interpretive work (Tabak and Baumgartner, 2004). An emphasis on presenting the canon of the field can result in monologic instruction, where learners are expected to strictly assimilate knowledge (Gutierrez, Rymes, and Larson, 1995). In contrast, an emphasis on student self-expression can result in a cacophony of individual student voices, that do not engage with each other nor with the intellectual capital of the field (Kirschner, Sweller, and Clark, 2006). In both cases, learners are likely to emerge from these educational experiences untransformed intellectually.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationDeveloping Transformative Spaces in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publicationLearning to Transgress
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781351725149
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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