January Day 2015

Document Type

Event

Event Title

Engaging Student Imagination as a Learning Tool in Empirical Disciplines

Location

MC 415

Start Date

8-1-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

8-1-2015 2:00 PM

Description

Across a wide range of disciplines, instructors emphasize to students the importance of objectivity and factual information as means of uncovering truth. Yet, practitioners of these disciplines know that imagination—often superficially associated with unreality—is crucial for interpreting information insightfully and for generating solutions to problems. To help enrich our students' experience and deepen their understanding of "fact-based" disciplines, we have developed assignments in fields as diverse as history and chemistry that explicitly encourage students to employ their imaginations. Beyond serving as valuable learning vehicles, these assignments provide instructors with unique windows into the minds of students.

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Engaging Student Imagination as a Learning Tool in Empirical Disciplines

MC 415

Across a wide range of disciplines, instructors emphasize to students the importance of objectivity and factual information as means of uncovering truth. Yet, practitioners of these disciplines know that imagination—often superficially associated with unreality—is crucial for interpreting information insightfully and for generating solutions to problems. To help enrich our students' experience and deepen their understanding of "fact-based" disciplines, we have developed assignments in fields as diverse as history and chemistry that explicitly encourage students to employ their imaginations. Beyond serving as valuable learning vehicles, these assignments provide instructors with unique windows into the minds of students.