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Making the Invisible, Visible: Engaging Students in Critical Media Literacy
By Lauren Arend, Assistant Professor, Education A few years ago a graduate student in my statistics course shared with me the website “Spurious Correlations,” a site replete with near perfect statistical correlations between variables such as per capita consumption of margarine and the divorce rate in Maine.  While humor in statistics is always welcome, the […]
Encounters with Primary Sources: On Teaching Critical Thinking in History
by Luke Yarbrough, Assistant Professor, Department of History Last week a student in one of my courses told me that she was feeling frustrated. In the course—an advanced seminar on how the concept of “jihad” has been interpreted historically—students break up each week into three “task forces,” each of which works to master an assigned primary or […]
One Key to Pedagogical Success:  Questions and Enduring the Awkward Silence
by Kenneth L. Parker, Steber Professor in Theological Studies At the beginning of each academic year, I have to relearn the same lesson: enduring the awkward silence after a question has been asked. At the start of my career this “skill” seemed unendurable. It felt far easier to fill the empty void of fifty or seventy-five […]

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