Writing Seminar in Cultural Studies and Criticism: How Children Succeed
CRIMES, NEIL J.
In this writing seminar we explore why and how some children succeed while others fail. How can we teach success? How should we encourage students who fail? We will read Paul Tough's recent book which challenges the deeply ingrained approach equating potential for success with intelligence as measured by IQ scores and standardized SAT results. Tough draws on research from neuroscience and psychology to argue that success requires the acquisition of important character skills such as curiosity, optimism, and self-control. We will consider how these concepts might influence our teaching methods and other practices. Other readings will draw on the work of Penn's Angela Duckworth to explore the related concepts of grit and flow (as the ability to sustain interest over time and the state of engaged concentration). This course will introduce students to these exciting developments in the field of educational psychology and also provide the necessary skills to become an efficient and effective writer. Fulfills the Writing Requirement for CAS, WH, EAS, NUR. Does not count toward the writing requirement for LPS.