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Obstacles and Preconceptions

Every student brings preconceptions to class that may not be helpful in learning new material. This and other obstacles are factors that instructors will need to be prepared to address in their teaching.




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CAMS 226: Obstacles/Preconceptions/Resistance (Flash Video 11.1MB Aug31 09) (2:56 min)
Carol discusses the challenges of teaching students something new about material that seems very familiar to them and the resistance that can arise in doing so.

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History 137: Obstacles (Flash Video 9.9MB Apr1 09) (2:41 min)
Bill discusses misconceptions that students bring to his class and how he tries to dispel them.

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History 161: Teaching Against the Grain of Student Assumptions (Flash Video 12.6MB Mar27 09) (3:20 min)
Parna discusses the difficulties of teaching colonialism to students who regard themselves as "anti-colonial" and whose assumptions about politics may not prepare them for the dissonances of the course material.

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Studio Art 122: Obstacles/Preconceptions (Flash Video 17.5MB Mar25 09) (4:41 min)
Stephen considers the factors that inhibit students from feeling comfortable making physical objects and how an instructor can help mitigate those factors.