How Can I Promote Deep Learning through Critical Reflection?
Without deep learning, your students can come away from courses with misunderstandings and oversimplified views of complex issues. Learn how the process of critical reflection is a reliable way to deepen the learning experience.
Promote Deep Learning through Critical Reflection
From time to time, we look out across a classroom or lecture hall and wonder,“Is any of this sinking in?”
You all know that mere passive absorption of information is a poor way of learning.
Students should be receiving information, reflecting on it, questioning it, testing it, applying it … really understanding it. Learning deeply, in other words.
Which pedagogical practices will promote that sort of learning?
One is critical reflection, and you can hear about it in this insight-filled Magna 20-Minute Mentor, presented by Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D., Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning, University of Maryland, College Park.
- The process of critical reflection and its impact on learning
- How to design critical reflection exercises that achieve desired learning outcomes
- Examples of how critical reflection works in courses in various disciplines
- Modes of reflection, including oral and written communication, activities, and media
- How you can assess and grade students on critical reflection
When you’ve completed viewing, you’ll be able to use the presented teaching strategies to:
- Help students develop a deep and nuanced understanding of complex issues
- Engage them in considering multiple perspectives
- Strengthen their critical-thinking ability
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Barbara Jacoby. Ph.D., is Faculty Associate for Leadership and Community Service-Learning at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this role, she facilitates initiatives involving academic partnerships, service-learning, and civic engagement. She is a Fellow of the University’s Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and was a Center for Teaching Excellence – Lilly Fellow during the 2007-08 academic year. She served as Senior Scholar for the Adele H. Stamp Student Union from 2005-2011, Director of the Office of Community Service-Learning from 2003 to 2005, Director of Commuter Affairs and Community Service from 1992 to 2003, and Director of the Office of Commuter Affairs from 1983 to 2003, all at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Jacoby has served as Campus Compact’s Engaged Scholar for Professional Development. In addition, she is Senior Scholar for the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs. She was Director of the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs from 1983 to 2003.
Barbara received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in French Language and Literature in 1978. She is Affiliate Associate Professor of College Student Personnel in the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services, where she teaches doctoral and undergraduate courses.
Jacoby's publications include six books: The Student as Commuter: Developing a Comprehensive Institutional Response (ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, 1989), Service-Learning in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices (Jossey-Bass, 1996), Involving Commuter Students in Learning (Jossey-Bass New Directions for Higher Education, 2000), Building Partnerships for Service-Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Civic Engagement in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2009), and Looking In, Reaching Out: A Reflective Guide for Community Service-Learning Professionals (with Pamela Mutascio, Campus Compact, 2010).
She has been a member of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education since 1980. She has held many leadership positions in NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and ACPA – College Student Educators International. She was selected as an ACPA Senior Scholar for 2010 to 2015 and received the 2010 Maryland Campus Compact Scholarship Award. Dr. Jacoby writes and consults extensively and makes numerous speeches and presentations across the U.S. and around the world. Her institution and professional associations have recognized her outstanding work on behalf of service-learning and commuter students.
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