Presentation on Intellectual Development

Promoting College Students' Intellectual Development
November 3, 2006
3:30 p.m.
Lander Auditorium
Hutchison 140
River Campus

Reception to follow in Green Lounge

As college students experience the challenges of their classes and extracurricular activities, most undergo a developmental progression in which they gradually relinquish their belief in the certainty of knowledge and the omniscience of authorities and take increasing responsibility for their own learning. At a high developmental level, they recognize that all knowledge is contextual, gather and interpret evidence to support their judgments from a wide range of sources, and willingly reconsider those judgments in the light of new evidence. This presentation reviews several models of intellectual development, defines the difficulties that confront instructors seeking to promote the development of their students, and proposes an instructional model that addresses those difficulties.

Presented by Richard M. Felder, Ph.D., Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina and Rebecca Brent, Ed.D., President of Education Designs, Inc., a consulting firm in Cary, North Carolina.

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