Northwestern University

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Northwestern University


"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled" (Plutarch)

My instructional philosophy is grounded in social constructivism and the tenants of andragogy proposed by Malcolm Knowles.

I believe that it is impossible to dispense knowledge to students. Instead, I believe learning is about providing an experience through which students can activate their previous experience and expertise, enhance their self-concept, develop autonomous learning skills, find a reason to learn, build intrinsic motivation, and actively reflect.

“…reflection—true reflection—leads to action” (Freire, 1970/2005, p. 66)