“You Have Forever Changed My Life”: The Need for Academic Rigor in Teaching Humanities in a Global Society

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Alexis Brooks de Vita
Novella Brooks de Vita

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Teaching Humanities to an increasingly globalized, diverse and non-traditional student body needs to inculcate and develop what Kysilka has called thinking skills, to equip students to approach material and concepts that may seem challenging and unfamiliar. Educators may benefit from employing the approaches Gardner has developed in his theory of Multiple Intelligences, to maximally engage students with widely differing academic exposures and skills. Reader Response journaling allows students to explore and engage with unfamiliar texts. Twenty-first-century educators need to be prepared to assess student success less by testing content acquisition and theory repetition than by evaluating student development of analytical strengths and mastery of the skills of analytical performance.

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Brooks de Vita, A., & Brooks de Vita, N. (2019). “You Have Forever Changed My Life”: The Need for Academic Rigor in Teaching Humanities in a Global Society. Humanities Bulletin, 2(2), 285-297. Retrieved from https://www.journals.lapub.co.uk/index.php/HB/article/view/1260
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