Pedagogies of Engagement:
AAC&U’s conference on Pedagogies of Engagement brought together
more than 300 faculty members, academic leaders, and research
scholars. Collectively they are both advancing and studying
one of the most important developments in higher education:
the shift toward teaching and learning practices that engage
students with complex and unsolved problems confronting their
Expectations report describes this shift as the emergence
of a "New Academy" - an academy that seeks both to strengthen
the quality of student learning through engaged pedagogies,
and also to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and
values that make college learning a resource for contributing
The conference explored research in cognitive science which
documents the increased educational effectiveness of engaged
pedagogies such as problem-based learning, service-learning,
community-based research, learning communities, and student
engagement with unsolved societal, scientific and public health
issues. Conference sessions provided rich opportunities to
see how faculty in different fields are making engaged pedagogies
essential rather than elective to learning in their disciplines.
The conference also explored ways of moving engaged pedagogies
from the margin to the center, including: assessment
strategies to provide evidence of educational effectiveness,
support for faculty and staff who are adopting
engaged pedagogies, and academic leadership to create
campus cultures of engagement.
Resources and handouts from the conference sessions will
be posted on this Web site by the end of June.
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