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Student Centered Teaching at Tufts
Welcome to the Department of Education's professional development series on student centered teaching. Tufts University faculty members from across disciplines and departments are captured on video while teaching in their classrooms, and then later interviewed as they observe themselves in real time and reflect on specific moments of interaction with their students. The series seeks to share insights on how faculty members elicit students' ideas and questions, interpret and respond to their thinking, and encourage disciplinary practices of reasoning.
Silas Pinto's Biological Bases of Behavior and Learning class was
captured in the Spring semester of 2017. Second year School
Psychology students review and discuss two neuro-psychological
testing instruments. The discussion centers around the nuances of
how the brain processes and outputs information using two similar
motor-integration tests. The approach, validity and cultural
considerations are raised in the discussion.
Sabina Vaught's Spring 2015 class on Critical Race Theory
examined legal and educational theory and practice across a range of
contexts and issues. In this class meeting, Professor Vaught guides
undergraduate and graduate students in small group discussions as
they engage complex questions of race and schooling as they operate
in larger contexts of legal rights. Students are discussing ideas
and dilemmas from readings that include TribalCrit, LatCrit, and
Vaught's own research.
This video, captured in the Spring 2014 semester, features Professor
Steve Cohen and his Education 1, School and Society, class. The class
of fifty students alternates between small group and whole class
discussion. On this day, they looked at the events of June 11, 1963
when Governor George Wallace "stood in the schoolhouse door" to
prevent the integration of the University of Alabama. That was the
first event of an important day in civil rights history.
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