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American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy

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published on October 1, 2015

Paul G. Neiman, Linda V. Neiman
DOI: 10.5840/aaptstudies201592910

Engaging Students in Philosophy Texts

One of the most common and frustrating experiences for philosophy instructors is teaching students who have not read the assigned text prior to coming to class. This chapter proposes three specific strategies, supported by the literature on student learning, that encourages and enables students to read and understand assigned texts. Each strategy activates students’ prior knowledge, sets a purpose to read and uses novelty to engage students’ attention. Evidence from experience with these strategies is provided to further support their effectiveness. The chapter concludes with examples of how strategies can be presented to students and templates that instructors can use to create their own strategies for use in any class or assigned text.