Exploring Signature Pedagogies
Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind

Foreword by Anthony A. Ciccone
Paper: 978 1 57922 307 6 / $33.50
Published: October 2008  

Cloth: 978 1 57922 306 9 / $125.00
Published: October 2008  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 57922 954 2 / $125.00  
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Published: June 2011  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
340 pp., 6" x 9"
From the Foreword
“These authors have clearly shown the value in looking for the signature pedagogies of their disciplines. Nothing uncovers hidden assumptions about desired knowledge, skills, and dispositions better than a careful examination of our most cherished practices. The authors inspire specialists in other disciplines to do the same. Furthermore, they invite other colleagues to explore whether relatively new, interdisciplinary fields such as Women’s Studies and Global Studies have, or should have, a signature pedagogy consistent with their understanding of what it means to ‘apprentice’ in these areas." -- Anthony A. Ciccone, Senior Scholar and Director, Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

How do individual disciplines foster deep learning, and get students to think like disciplinary experts?

With contributions from the sciences, humanities, and the arts, this book critically explores how to best foster student learning within and across the disciplines.

This book represents a major advance in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) by moving beyond individual case studies, best practices, and the work of individual scholars, to focus on the unique content and characteristic pedagogies of major disciplines.

Each chapter begins by summarizing the SoTL literature on the pedagogies of a specific discipline, and by examining and analyzing its traditional practices, paying particular attention to how faculty evaluate success. Each concludes by the articulating for its discipline the elements of a “signature pedagogy” that will improve teaching and learning, and by offering an agenda for future research.

Each chapter explores what the pedagogical literature of the discipline suggests are the optimal ways to teach material in that field, and to verify the resulting learning. Each author is concerned about how to engage students in the ways of knowing, the habits of mind, and the values used by experts in his or her field.

Readers will not only benefit from the chapters most relevant to their disciplines. As faculty members consider how their courses fit into the broader curriculum and relate to the other disciplines, and design learning activities and goals not only within the discipline but also within the broader objectives of liberal education, they will appreciate the cross-disciplinary understandings this book affords.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements; Foreword - Anthony A. Ciccone; Preface; 1) From Generic to Signature Pedagogies - Nancy L. Chick, Aeron Haynie, & Regan A. R. Gurung; SECTION 1—HUMANITIES; 2) From Learning History to Doing History - Joel M. Sipress and David J. Voelker; 3) Unpacking a Signature Pedagogy in Literary Studies - Nancy L. Chick; SECTION TWO—FINE ARTS; 4) Vision and Re-Vision in Creative Writing Pedagogy - Rebecca Meacham; 5) Theory and Practice - Gary Don, Christa Garvey, and Mitra Sadeghpour; 6) Critique as Signature Pedagogy in the Arts - Helen Klebesadel and Lisa Kornetsky; SECTION THREE—SOCIAL SCIENCES; 7) Moving Toward a Signature Pedagogy in Geography - Cary Komoto; 8) Teaching and Learning in the “Interdisciplinary Discipline” of Human Development - Denise S. Bartell and Kristin M. Vespia; 9) Developing Habits of the Mind, Hand, and Heart in Psychology Undergratuates - Blaine F. Peden and Carmen R. Wilson VanVoorhis; 10) Signature Pedagogy and the Sociological Imagination - Eri Fujieda; SECTION FOUR—NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS; 11) Signature Pedagogy in Agriculture - Michel A. Wattiaux; 12) The Evolution of Scientific Teaching Within The Biological Sciences - Angela Bauer-Dantoin; 13) Signature Pedagogies and SOTL Practices in Computer Science - Diane Christie; 14) Mathematical Reasoning - Kathryn Ernie, Rebecca LeDocq, Sherrie Serros, and Simei Tong; 15) Signature Pedagogies in Introductory Physics - Mark J. Lattery; About the Authors; Index

Reviews & Endorsements:
"Exploring Signature Pedagogies is an excellent resource that would be valuable to faculty at all stages of their career and to educational developers for their work with faculty and with graduate students.... Exploring Signature Pedagogies will be an excellent read for all involved in teaching in higher education. Experienced faculty will benefit if they are looking to re-energize their teaching by helping them reflect upon their own praxis. The book will also be of enormous benefit to anybody wishing to engage in SoTL research. Educational developers who need to work in disciplines different from their own will benefit from the overview of disciplinary pedagogies."
- Educational Developers Caucus Resource Review
"This collection of essays as a whole will be most interesting to scholars of teaching and learning. It is more likely to be used as a reference book for those in particluar fields who want to examine their own teaching habits, both positive and negative, as aprt of a broader disciplinary culture. It will be particularly helpful to those who have recently left graduate education and are at the beginning of teaching careers."
- Teaching Theology and Religion