Proposal Abstract

A physics professor teaching Indian classical music to American students? This successful cross- disciplinary teaching experience offers many lessons for instructors who find themselves teaching in settings that are not part of their typical professional preparation. In the case study presented here, the presenters – the professor and one of the students in the course – participated in the first ever formal offering of Indian classical music at a small university. The issues of culture are twofold – the assessment and teaching culture of the sciences that the instructor was familiar with versus the demands of assessment in a performing arts course; similarly the culture of the physics content itself and its emotional impact on students (often negative) versus the culture of Indian music and the (often positive) emotional impact of music. Come see video clips of the student performances that were the culmination of the course!

Location

Room 1909

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 12th, 2:00 PM Mar 12th, 2:45 PM

Cross-Disciplinary Teaching: Bridging Cultural Divides

Room 1909

A physics professor teaching Indian classical music to American students? This successful cross- disciplinary teaching experience offers many lessons for instructors who find themselves teaching in settings that are not part of their typical professional preparation. In the case study presented here, the presenters – the professor and one of the students in the course – participated in the first ever formal offering of Indian classical music at a small university. The issues of culture are twofold – the assessment and teaching culture of the sciences that the instructor was familiar with versus the demands of assessment in a performing arts course; similarly the culture of the physics content itself and its emotional impact on students (often negative) versus the culture of Indian music and the (often positive) emotional impact of music. Come see video clips of the student performances that were the culmination of the course!