If Students Don’t Want Theory: Changing Perceptions of Theory

Date(s) - 11/01/2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Engelmann B73



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It is frustrating when undergraduate and graduate students complain that they don’t want to learn more theory. Why do they seem to value practical procedures and draw more comfort in knowing what to do when than in figuring it out for themselves?  If they are traditionally-aged college students, they are anxious about becoming competent to enter the job market. This translates into their impatient demand, “Just tell me what I need to know.” They seem skeptical that frameworks, principles, and theories will become useful tools for facing real problems. How can you help them see the relationship between theory and practice? How can you lead novices to find their way through the uncomfortable seas of ambiguity and make sense of real life using the concepts and frameworks they need to explore?


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