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UNIVERSITY OF GAFSA
GAFSA HIGHER INSTITUTE OF APPLIED STUDIES FOR THE HUMANITIES

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

STUDY DAY
THROUGH THE “LEARNING GLASS”
February 10th, 2016
Venue: Abu Elkacem Med Kerrou Room
Thinking of students as tabula rasa, mirroring guises rather than their own genuine
reflections, would entail ignoring their prior schemata, marginalizing their linguistic and
cultural backgrounds, underestimating their learning strategies and condemning their
academic expectations. Literature has it, however, that questioning the worth of such
resources would be tantamount to impeding learning. Our task as teachers, thus, would be
to seek ways to capitalize on these resources to further students’ learning experiences in all
subjects of study. To take Carlos Yorio’s comparison of teachers to Alice and students to a
flower-bed, one is tempted “to take Alice’s magical step”. If Alice’s flowers, Tiger Lilies,
talk and speak their minds about Alice, so should our students.
The challenge for us as university teachers would then be to architect our courses
through a “learning glass” that works to foster passionate, responsive, articulate,
opinionated, and critical students across disciplines. To enable our students to navigate the
plethora of courses they are taking, we need to equip them with this interdisciplinary
“learning glass” lest they lose their bearings.
This study day is, thus, mainly concerned with seeking ways to live up to the
challenge of teaching through the “learning glass”. Each one in his own discipline may
have tried creative ways to help his “Lilies” bloom by aiding them to speak their minds
about a “who”, a “what”, a “why”, or a “whatever” to prove how passionate, responsive,
articulate, opinionated, or critical they are.
We welcome abstracts dealing with possible teaching strategies that aim at fostering
such a change in perspective. University teachers interested in taking part in this study day
should send a 100-word abstract to hzitouni@lycos.com by January 25th, 2016. The papers
discussed during this study day will be published in a volume entitled Through the
“Learning Glass”


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