Scholar’s Studio is an integrated, problem-based learning community that engages students in real-world issues and experiences. Scholar’s Studio participants enroll in two to four common courses that are linked through shared assignments and co-curricular activities. Faculty members who teach in Scholar’s Studio meet regularly to discuss course integration and student progress. They work with other faculty and Scholar’s Studio staff to reflect on and refine their teaching practices to provide a responsive, student-centered experience.
Scholar's Studio's Aspirations for Teaching and Learning
Students use experiences outside of the classroom to deepen their understanding of the disciplines; they bring together information from a variety of sources to draw conclusions and develop perspectives; and they use skills, language, and strategies from their academic courses and co-curricular experiences as leverage to advance understanding.
Students write and speak authentically about ideas that matter; they appreciate that strong writing emerges from a messy process of writing, re-writing, risk taking, and reflecting; they remain aware of their audiences and write and speak with the intention of reaching them; they effectively use the conventions of writing and public speaking to shape their ideas; they appreciate language’s power to affirm, coerce, reify, and raise consciousness, and they make conscious choices to represent their and other views as clearly and purposefully as possible.
Critical Thinking & Analysis
Students summarize, synthesize, evaluate, analyze, interpret, and conceptualize evidence they have collected or generated; they consider context, and in turn, develop and support their own perspectives using sound, appropriate evidence.
Students identify problems and seek to understand their roots; they collect evidence, examine context, identify a variety of solutions and propose an approach that demonstrates ethics, logic, creativity, critical thinking, integrative thinking, and communal awareness; they implement and evaluate their plan, demonstrating an awareness of complex contextual factors.
Creative Thinking & Aesthetic Engagement
Students feel empowered to take risks and move into untested terrain; they develop a logical approach to solving problems that incorporates divergent and contradictory thinking; they construct new knowledge and transform ideas. Students grow as creative thinkers through practice and participation in the arts; they recognize the arts’ broader contexts and frameworks, and they derive meaning from artistic expression.
Students develop a process for determining “right” and “wrong” conduct. They recognize gray areas and the complexity of issues. Once they have made a decision, they understand the underlying assumptions and implications; and they can reasonably defend their position.
Students identify themselves as a member of a community and work to understand the diverse attitudes, beliefs, perspectives, and cultures of other community members; they use knowledge, perspectives, theories, and research methodologies from their academic studies to participate more fully in civic life; and they build bridges between communities to work toward common goals.
Students appreciate the value and dignity of all people; they recognize human and ecological connections and understand that regardless of economic condition, nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and ideology, all people have inherent rights and responsibilities; students take care of one another and their environment and work to be inclusive and promote peace and understanding.