|TEACHING WITH INTERNET-BASED TEXTS:
A "GREAT BOOKS" APPROACH
Robert F. Mulligan, Ph.D.
|Discussion paper||Comment on discussion paper||Session questionnaire results|
Example reading list: http://www3.wcu.edu/~mulligan/supreads.html
Concordances of Great Books: http://www.concordance.com/
McMaster University Archive of Economic Thought: http://socserv2.socsci.mcmaster.ca/~econ/ugcm/3LL3/
Rice University Galileo Project: http://es.rice.edu/ES/humsoc/Galileo/
Project Gutenberg: http://www.promo.net/pg/
University of California at Berkeley Alex: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/alex/
Yale University Primary Legal Texts: http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/avalon.htm
Maya Angelou: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/1523/index.html
[University of Texas]
http://ucaswww.mcm.uc.edu/worldfest/about.html [University of Cincinnati]
http://www.pitt.edu/~amgst52/maya.html [University of Pittsburgh]
Isak Dineson (Karen Blixen): http://www.dis.dk/kultur/karenb/baggrund.e.html
http://beloved.hampshire.edu/tm.shtml [Hampshire College]
http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/~mmaynard/Morrison/home.html [University of Texas]
Alice Walker: http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/history/lavender/purple.html [College of Staten Island]
|Links to related research:
Evelyn M. Torres: Analytical Literacy: Making Scholars out of Students
C.R. Wolfe, L. Crider, L. Mayer, M. McBride, R. Sherman,
& R. Vogel: Toward
a Miami University Model for Internet-Intensive Higher Education
THE "GREAT BOOKS" APPROACH DEFINED
Primary texts allow your students to be present at the creation of sea-changes in the history of thought and view intellectual revolutions first-hand.
IDENTIFYING AND AVOIDING CULTURAL BIAS
Primary texts are predominantly authored by dead white males, but your students should not be deprived of the insights they offer. Furthermore, outmoded concepts, values, and knowledge can be discussed, analyzed, and placed in a more enlightened perspective.
DESIGN ISSUES: SETTING UP A READING LIST
A course can be built around a single primary text, or selections can be assigned to cover various fundamental topics in your discipline. Assignments can be primary readings, or supplement a standard text.
An immense number and variety of primary texts are available on the internet free-of-charge. These include discipline-specific technical works as well as established literature of universal interest.
Readings can be assigned through handouts or a website with links to the readings.
As you teach from your reading list, you will develop preferences, discover shortcomings of certain readings, and find better readings for specific course goals. Student feedback is extremely valuable in assessing whether to retain specific assigned readings. Readings can support written assignments, and material should be included in course examinations.