USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 13 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Critical Thinking and Social Coding: Killing Two Birds with One Stone

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Laura Hanna

This presentation stems from a frustration with students' decreasing ability to heed social cues in professional settings (such as standing up and shaking the mayor's hand when he walks into the room) and an attempt to help students remedy that lack through exercises in critical thinking and role playing in the classroom. Using Louis Althusser's theories about the social constructions of meaning and behavior (including ideological state apparatuses) to undergird the theoretical aspects of the presentation, I argue for the importance of teaching students how to respond to different social situations and how to connect this lesson back to understanding the importance of making meaning from social contexts, which ultimately strengthens students' critical thinking skills and propensity for success in the real world. This presentation provides attendees with some concrete ideas for classroom discussions and scenarios for successful interactions that can be implemented in any classroom.

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Laura Hanna

Valdosta State University
Laura Hanna advises honors students at Valdosta State University's Honors College and is earning a doctorate in education at the same institution. She also teaches English at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. Laura's previous degrees are in English literature; she holds an MA... Read More →

Wednesday April 13, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm EDT
Room L

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