Monday, September 8, 2014

Call for Abstracts: Experiential Learning

Call for Abstracts: Central APA Panel on Experiential Learning
Organized by the APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy
Deadline: September 25, 2014
The American Philosophical Association (APA) Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy invites 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, MO.
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.
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. Please submit as an email attachment a 500-750-word abstract prepared for blind review to by September 25, 2014. Include your name, affiliation, and contact information in the body of the email. Authors can expect a decision by October 2014. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Alexandra Bradner, Chair, APA Committee on the Teaching of Philosophy

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