Proposal Title

Adapting Pedagogy for Multi-cultural Contexts

Track

Research Proposal / Learning Theories and Pedagogy

Proposal Abstract

Evaluating effectiveness of one’s teaching is challenging, but how does one design an approach to assess effective pedagogy adaptation prior to teaching in a diverse cultural context?

Based upon semester-long feedback from Central European students enrolled in social science courses, I assessed the effectiveness of my pedagogical adaptations. Research findings integrated into an evaluative framework will stimulate discussion regarding challenges of designing and implementing effective teaching strategies for cross-cultural teaching experiences. A participatory exercise will allow attendees to reflect on their adaptability to pedagogical challenges. An anticipated outcome is insight on implementing ongoing evaluation and adapting pedagogy for cross-cultural settings.

Proposal Description

Evaluating effectiveness of one’s teaching is a challenge, but how does one design an approach prior to teaching in a diverse cultural context? What is effective pedagogy adaptation? Certainly answers of “assign less” and “talk slower” are far from satisfying.

To prepare for my sabbatical opportunity to teach social science courses to Central European students who had studied the English language but not taken a university course taught in English, I immersed myself in the SoTL literature. I had been selected to help the host university transition from a traditional didactic teaching approach to an experiential education classroom environment. Participation in a Faculty Learning Community in SoTL in my college during the semester prior to departure equipped me with tools to develop an evaluative component for my planned courses. I received IRB approval for research on my teaching style through ongoing evaluation to assess students’ receptivity to and participation in a learner-centered pedagogy. Through weekly student assessments, post-class review with my TA (doctoral student in host institution) for cultural relevancy, and end-of-course evaluations, I was able to evaluate the effectiveness of my pedagogical adaptations. Based upon my research findings integrated into an evaluative framework, this session will provide participants opportunity to discuss challenges of designing and implementing effective teaching strategies for cross-cultural teaching experiences, whether in an international or domestic context. A participatory exercise will allow session attendees to reflect on their own adaptability to pedagogical challenges. An anticipated outcome is insight on implementing ongoing evaluation and adapting pedagogy for cross-cultural settings.

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Presentation Session

Location

Room 1

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 30th, 11:00 AM Mar 30th, 11:45 AM

Adapting Pedagogy for Multi-cultural Contexts

Room 1

Evaluating effectiveness of one’s teaching is challenging, but how does one design an approach to assess effective pedagogy adaptation prior to teaching in a diverse cultural context?

Based upon semester-long feedback from Central European students enrolled in social science courses, I assessed the effectiveness of my pedagogical adaptations. Research findings integrated into an evaluative framework will stimulate discussion regarding challenges of designing and implementing effective teaching strategies for cross-cultural teaching experiences. A participatory exercise will allow attendees to reflect on their adaptability to pedagogical challenges. An anticipated outcome is insight on implementing ongoing evaluation and adapting pedagogy for cross-cultural settings.