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Potent Learning Partnerships: Getting Beyond Information-Only Teaching and Learning


Sponsored by the Teaching Resource Center, the Curry School of Education, and the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity as part of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration.


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Marcia Baxter-Magolda’s work centers on self-authorship, or students’ ability to internally define their beliefs, identities and social relations. In this workshop she will share developmental portraits from her 27-year longitudinal study of adult development and engage attendees in exploring why and how to create productive teacher/student learning partnerships. These learning partnerships are critical as students begin to examine past knowledge and ways of thinking and apply complex cognitive skills in considering a diversity of ideas and perspectives.

The session will focus on understanding that self-authorship capacities are essential if students are to meet significant learning goals such as critical thinking, ethical decision making, and intercultural maturity. Of course those outcomes involve learning course content/information, but they also require transformational learning so that complex capacities to critique and apply knowledge are developed.

This workshop will remind faculty teaching all disciplines of the journey learners take as they grapple with complexity rooted in multiple sources of information, contradictions to unexamined thinking, and new and startling perspectives.

Professor Magolda’s presentation is part of the TRC’s year-long series of conversations on “Face-to-Face Education in the Digital Age.”

To view the presenter's PowerPoint slides, please click here.


Baxter MagoldaMARCIA BAXTER MAGOLDA is Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Miami University of Ohio (USA). She received both Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Higher Education from The Ohio State University and her B.A. in Psychology from Capital University. Her scholarship addresses the evolution of learning and development in college and young adult life and pedagogy to promote self-authorship. Her books include Assessing Meaning Making and Self-Authorship: Theory, Research, and Application (co-authored with P. King, Jossey-Bass, 2012), Authoring Your Life: Developing an Internal Voice to Meet Life’s Challenges (Stylus, 2009), Development and Assessment of Self-authorship: Exploring the Concept across Cultures (co-edited with E. Creamer & P. Meszaros; Stylus, 2010) Learning Partnerships: Theory and Models of Practice to Educate for Self-Authorship (co-edited with P. King; Stylus, 2004), Making Their Own Way: Narratives for Transforming Higher Education to Promote Self-Development (Stylus, 2001), Creating Contexts for Learning and Self-Authorship: Constructive-Developmental Pedagogy (Vanderbilt University Press, 1999), and Knowing and Reasoning in College (Jossey-Bass, 1992). She received the Association for the Study of Higher Education Research Achievement Award, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Robert H. Shaffer Award for Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member, American College Personnel Association’s Contribution to Knowledge Award, and Miami University’s Benjamin Harrison Medallion.

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