Most instructors notice places in their courses where students find it difficult to learn. Decoding the Disciplines holds that these stuck places, or “bottlenecks” to learning, mark the important ways of knowing in a field. By “Decoding” what an expert does so that they do not get stuck at the bottleneck, we can spell out the expert’s mental process, the “critical thinking” of a discipline. Decoding the Disciplines is a theory of pedagogy with principles for identifying bottlenecks and decoding tacit disciplinary knowledge. With expert tacit knowledge “Decoded,” we can make it available to students.
Where can you learn Decoding at IUB?
Every year CITL offers learning communities in which faculty can explore new ideas about teaching in community. Some of them use the Decoding the Disciplines framework. Also, several graduate pedagogy courses use Decoding the Disciplines method: Mimi Zolan (Biology Z620: Mentored Teaching class); George Rehrey (CITL V621:SPEA’s Seminar on Teaching Public Affairs); Joan Middendorf (CITL HESA’s C750:Learning and Teaching on the College Campus--for graduate students from ALL disciplines)