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Teaching Abstract Concepts

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Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

Teaching Abstract Concepts

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Dark Matter. Gender. Nation. Time. Class. Schrodinger’s Cat. Have you ever attempted to teach abstract concepts in your class and been met with blank stares from your students? Grasping abstract concepts is challenging for students, and so too is teaching such concepts. Often, students feel more comfortable learning—and we feel more comfortable teaching—concrete facts, the kinds of concepts bearing strong connections with reality. But mastery of abstract concepts is critical in many of our disciplines, and often provides the necessary framework within which to make sense of the phenomena we analyze as disciplinary scholars—furthermore, it is often mastery of such concepts which can prove most engaging and inspiring to our students. This workshop provides strategies for effectively teaching abstract concepts to your students, and for assessing student mastery of such concepts.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to….

                *Effectively deploy strategies for teaching abstract concepts.

                *Address common challenges which students face when learning abstract concepts. 

Registration for University Center for Teaching and Learning workshops is mandatory. Registering for workshops ensures the distribution of pre-workshop materials and helps maintain the integrity of our attendance records.

If you have any special accommodation needs, please contact us at workshops@teaching.pitt.edu in advance.

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Alumni Hall
Room B23
4227 Fifth Avenue
PIttsburgh, PA 15260

Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)


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