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APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy: Calls for abstracts

Wednesday, September 10, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Shepherd
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The American Philosophical Association’s committee on the teaching of philosophy invites abstracts for panels at the APA’s 2015 Central Division and Pacific Division meetings.

Panel on Experiential Learning (Central Division Meeting)

The committee seeks abstracts for a panel on experiential learning in philosophy to take place at the Central Division meeting of the APA, February 18–21, 2015, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Philosophical work has traditionally involved armchair analysis, so the institutional request to think about designing a course with an experiential learning component can serve as a challenge to philosophers. Nevertheless, many philosophy teachers are thinking creatively about ways to incorporate field experiences, independent research, lab work, experimental work, service learning, and community-based learning into their courses. Through this session, the committee hopes to share interesting examples of such courses and consider the theoretical questions that surround this pedagogy.

The committee aims to think about experiential learning quite broadly, but is particularly interested in the following three kinds of presentations: reflective analyses of courses that have included an experiential learning component (i.e., case studies); interdisciplinary investigations that apply recent developments in cognitive science and educational psychology to address the role of field experiences in learning philosophy; and presentations that apply canonical discussions about the role of experience as a constraint on theorizing, knowing, and/or acting to the practice of teaching philosophy.

Please submit as an email attachment an abstract of 500–750 words prepared for anonymous review to [email protected] by September 25, 2014. Include your name, affiliation, and contact information in the body of the email. Individual submissions and joint/co-authored submissions are welcome. The committee will strive to assemble a diverse panel, including presentations from different institutional settings, course levels, and subfields of philosophy. Authors can expect a decision in October 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Alexandra Bradner.

Panel on Teaching Mistakes (Pacific Division Meeting)

The teaching committee invites abstracts for a panel on teaching mistakes—or worse—at the Pacific Division meeting of the APA, April 1–5, 2015, in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

The committee seeks panel proposals on teaching mistakes you have made, disasters that have befallen you, or that you have brought on yourself, how you have responded to expected or unexpected challenges in the classroom, and what you have learned about philosophy, and teaching philosophy, from them.

Individual submissions as well as proposals for several panelists together are welcome. The committee will strive to assemble a diverse panel, including presentations from different institutional settings, course levels, and subfields of philosophy.

Please submit as an email attachment an abstract prepared for anonymous review, 500-word maximum, to Katheryn Doran at [email protected] by October 6, 2014. Include your name, affiliation, and contact information in the body of the email. Authors can expect a decision in October 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Katheryn Doran.

Best wishes,

Alexandra Bradner
Chair, APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy


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