Integrative Learning/Transformative Education Spotlight

"Underlying the idea of a university -- the bringing together, the combining into one of all the disciplines -- is the idea that good work and good citizenship are the inevitable by-products of the making of a good -- that is, a full developed -- human being." -- Wendell Berry

Despite the underlying purpose of higher education, knowledge in the academy is often highly specialized and highly fragmented. One of our primary challenges is connecting esoteric content to the real-life concerns of our students. Whether the subject matter is biological taxonomy or Old Testament prophets, establishing relevancy isn't always easy.

A number of different strategies have emerged to combat this fragmentation and engage the whole student. Collectively, these strategies might be referred to as integrative learning or transformative education. Many Xavier faculty have been employing such techniques. CAT hopes to spotlight such efforts in an ongoing series.

For several years, Dr. Michael Homan (Theology) has used a unique project-based approach that challenges students to engage the course content in the real world. We'll also hear from students Kevin James Wiles, Jennifer Msigwa and Shavonda Wilson. Join us for lunch, hear Dr. Homan describe his method, and pepper him with questions.

  • Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
  • Time: 12:15 - 1:05 PM
  • Location: Xavier South 224
  • Sponsor: CAT

To register: Lunch will be provided. RSVP to or call ext 7512.

Tags: integrative learning
Format: presentation
Event ID: 01117

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