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    Teaching Transformations 2011

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    Teaching Transformations 2011

    This Summer 2011 (IX, 3) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge entitled “Teaching Transformations 2011″—a fourth of its annual “Teaching Transformations” series—brings together selected proceedings of the joint CIT (Center for Innovative Teaching)/EdTech (Educational Technology) conference held on May 12, 2011, at UMass Boston. The editors’ note describes the reasons for the bringing together of the two separately organized conferences in the past. It also reports on the new name adopted by CIT (from its former name, the Center for the Improvement of Teaching). The papers include a variety of contributions on topics such as: innovative techniques to enrich the dynamics of classroom discussions; “addressing plagiarism in a digital age”; cross-cultural/national, cross-institutional teaching of a course using online educational tools; “‘Islamicizing’ a Euro/American curriculum”; modernizing classical language education using the communicative language teaching (CLT) technique in conjunction with new educational technologies; teaching about race, caste and gender in light of the findings of anthropological and genetic sciences; and suggestions for online student collaborations based on the experience of teaching a Critical Thinking course.

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    Teaching Transformations 2010

    The Spring 2010 (VIII, 1) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge includes faculty and student papers and contributions from the 2010 Annual Conference of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching at UMass Boston on topics: “Constructing the Innocence of the First Textual Encounter,” “Examining a First Amendment Court Case to Teach Argument Analysis to Freshman Writers at an Art College,” “The Absent Professor: Rethinking Collaboration in Tutorial Sessions,” “Visual Literacy for the Enhancement of Inclusive Teaching,” “When Literature Is Evangelical: Pedagogies of Passion,” “Creating Networking Communities Beyond the Classroom,” “Framing Cultural Diversity Courses Post U.S. 2008 Presidential Elections,” “The Difference Between You and Me: Faculty Identities at Play in the Classroom,” “Toward a Non-Eurocentric Social Psychology: The Contribution of the Yogacara,” “Service-Learning and Authenticity Achievement,” “Academic Achievement of Turkish and American Students,” “The Miseducation of Ms. M,” “Culturelessness and Culture Shock: An American-Asian Experience,” “From Construction to Social Work: Finding Value in Helping Others,” “My Work Utopia: Pursuing A Satisfactory Work Life Amid an Alienating World,” and “The Loss of a Culture with an Accent: A Sociological Reflection on My Assimilation into the American Culture.”

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    Teaching Transformations 2009

    This Winter 2009 (VII, 1) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self- Knowledge, entitled “Teaching Transformations 2009” and dedicated to the chronicling of representative experiences of teaching transformation in the New England area and elsewhere, brings together selected proceedings of the annual conferences of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching (CIT) and the New England Center for Inclusive Teaching (NECIT) recently held at UMass Boston. The first seven studies in the issue were gathered through the conference activities of NECIT. The second series of articles emerged from the conversations and presentations at the annual CIT conference at UMass Boston. The contributions have a common interest in advancing teaching and learning practices that transform the self and the world in favor of more just, inclusive, and participatory outcomes. The editors believe that the most central and distinguishing defining features of NECIT and CIT, i.e., the three-fold concerns with promoting pedagogical reflexivity, student learning empathy, and faculty agency, are well advocated for and respresented in the papers shared in this volume.

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    Teaching Transformations

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    Teaching Transformations

    This Winter 2008 (VI, 1) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge reflects the diversity and richness of presentations at the 2008 Annual Conference on Teaching for Transformation organized by the Center for the Improvement of Teaching at UMass Boston. Representing faculty across different disciplines, these essays reflect these teachers’ creative and thoughtful pedagogical approaches, their focus on challenging and engaging learners, and their commitment to both excellence and inclusion. The title chosen for this volume, “Teaching Transformation,” highlights a two-fold interest and commitment that the organizers and participants in the annual conference have commonly shared. One is to advance teaching as a venue for transformative pedagogical and social practices that empower students, faculty, and communities in favor of a deeper respect for diversity, inclusion, and justice. However, by choosing the title the editors also emphasize that to meet the first goal, it is also necessary to see teaching and one’s habits of teaching as fluid and dynamic, and not static and established, habitus. To advance transformative teaching (and learning), it is necessary to continually transform our teaching and pedagogical approaches creatively and help one another to do the same.

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