|Dr. Michelle Hanson, Associate Professor|
Courses typically taught:
Rote knowledge, while important, is only a small part of the foundation of learning. The ability to construct reasons for understanding, synthesizing, and applying information is critical to the learning process. Individual, group discovery and exploration lead to the product of knowledge. Making connections is the crux of education. This Constructivist philosophy should be apparent in all class materials and in the teaching-learning-assessment cycle.
Both teachers and students play an integral part in the teaching-learning-assessment cycle. Both should assume dual roles, co-learners as well as co-facilitators. Students, as well as teachers, should embrace higher-order thinking skills, practice individual accountability, and critically examine ideas and assumptions that relate to class material.