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Thinking and Learning Today and Tomorrow: Project Zero Perspectives

What is understanding and how does it develop? What do thinking and learning look like? What is worth learning today and tomorrow? How and where do thinking and learning thrive? This course will explore these questions and more by drawing on over four decades of work from Project Zero (PZ), a research center at HGSE. Since its inception in 1967 as a center for research on learning in the arts, PZ's work has extended in new directions while maintaining a focus on thinking, learning, and deep understanding. Today, PZ's diverse portfolio includes research and pedagogical frameworks related to the following themes: multiple intelligences, teaching for understanding, making learning visible, visible thinking, creating cultures of thinking, design and making in education, thinking in the arts, group learning, cognition in science, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, ethical issues and other dimensions of good work, and the implications of globalization and digital life for learning and learners today. With support from a teaching team of PZ researchers, students will actively engage in activities, discussion, and other core learning experiences that emphasize select PZ perspectives, including a dispositional view of thinking, a performance view of understanding, the role of documentation in learning, and the importance of reflective practice. Ultimately, students will demonstrate their understanding of course content through (1) a succession of mini-projects in which they put PZ frameworks into practice in diverse learning contexts in real world settings; and (2) a synthesis paper in which they reflect on their learning experiences throughout the course, including the mini-projects, course readings, guest presentations, and in-class activities.

Shopping: Thursday, 08/27/2015, Longfellow Hall 319: 9:00 a.m.-9:40 a.m. OR Thursday, 08/27/2015, Longfellow Hall 319: 9:45 a.m.-10:25 a.m.

Course Subject: Cognitive Development and Education<P>Culture, Communities, and Contexts<P>Curriculum

Building and Room: Gutman Library 303
Time: September 8 - December 1, Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Course Credits: four credits

Faculty: Edward Peter Clapp

Carrie James

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