The Decoding the Disciplines Paradigm

The Decoding the Disciplines Paradigm

Seven Steps to Increased Student Learning
David Pace
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 02/27/2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-02453-4
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Teaching and learning in a college setting has never been more challenging. How can instructors reach out to their students and fully engage them in the conversation? Applicable to multiple disciplines, the Decoding the Disciplines Paradigm offers a radically new model for helping students respond to the challenges of college and provides a framework for understanding why students find academic life so arduous. Teachers can help their pupils overcome obstacles by identifying bottlenecks to learning and systematically exploring the steps needed to overcome these obstacles. Often, experts find it difficult to define the mental operations necessary to master their discipline because they have become so automatic that they are invisible. However, once these mental operations have been made explicit, the teacher can model them for students, create opportunities for practice and feedback, manage additional emotional obstacles, assess results, and share what has been learned with others.

Author Bio

David Pace is Emeritus Professor in the History Department of Indiana University.


“Case studies, clear examples, well outlined strategies, and insightful writing make Decoding the Disciplines an understandable and accessible entry into an essential topic that will be usable for many teachers. This book should be required reading for beginning college instructors.”
 — Anthony Ciccone, coauthor of The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Reconsidered: Institutional Integration and Imp

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Table of Contents

Introduction: An Overview of Decoding the Disciplines
1. Find the Bottleneck
2. Step 2: Decoding the Disciplinary Unconscious
3. Modeling Operations
4. Practice and Feedback
5. Motivation and Emotional Bottlenecks
6. Assessment
7. Sharing
8. The Future of Decoding
List of References