Stability and Transformation in the Twenty-First Century Classroom

Country: USA

City: New York

Abstr. due: 30.06.2017

Dates: 27.10.17 — 27.10.17

Area Of Sciences: Pedagogy; Psychology;

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Organizers: Consortium for Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking


The classroom is a space for both stability and cultivation. Our critical and pedagogical methods that aim to demystify the unknown and reconcile differences, our bonds to the texts that form our common inheritance, and our connection to history all serve to anchor our students amid turbulent and volatile times. But the classroom is also a place where conventional wisdom is overturned, where things we thought we knew are thrown into question, and where both students and instructors confront the limitations of our current understanding.

How do we develop pedagogies that heal fractures—be they personal, cultural, social, or geopolitical in nature—while challenging our students to break with outmoded ways of thinking?

In these uncertain times, our role as agents of both stability and transformation has never been more essential. The 2017 Conference of the Consortium for Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking will therefore explore how we as teacher-scholars negotiate this seeming dichotomy in our classrooms, scholarship, and beyond.

We invite—from all academic disciplines and fields—proposals for workshops, papers, and roundtable discussions that explore the role of educator as de/stabilizer. General topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative and Progressive Pedagogy
  • Unpacking Student Literacies and Identities
  • Grading and Assessment
  • Globalism and Diversity
  • Academic Integrity
  • Communication Across the Curriculum
  • Group, Interdisciplinary, and/or Cross-disciplinary Teaching of Reading, Writing, and Thinking
  • Course/Curriculum Construction for the Digital Age
    • Collapsing Boundaries Between Tradition and Technology
    • Digital Pedagogies and Resources—Effective Uses, Impacts, and Implications
    • Online and Blended Learning

Theme-based topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Critical Pedagogies: Investigating our Common Textual Inheritance (or, Whose Canon?)
  • Indoctrination and Acculturation: Molding the College Student
  • Classroom as Sanctuary: Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces
  • Nontraditional Methods for Nontraditional and At-risk and Students
  • Abandoning the Classroom for Alternate Learning Sites
  • Information Literacy in the Age of “Alternative Facts”
  • Trading Places: the Student-led Lesson

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