February 14, 2000
Annual Convocation on Teaching will focus on NES
By Karin Wanless
The sixth annual Convocation on Teaching will provide another venue for discussion
of the Narrative Evaluation System (NES) prior to the winter-quarter meeting of the
Academic Senate. The convocation will take place Monday, February 14, from 3:30 to
5:30 p.m. in Classroom Unit 2.
The convocation, cosponsored by the Center for
Teaching Excellence and the Academic Senate's
Committee on Teaching, will explore the subject: "NES and Pedagogy: Are Narrative
Evaluations Important to Teaching and Learning at UCSC?"
Panelists who reflect the range of opinions on campus will give short presentations,
which will be followed by a general discussion open to everyone attending. Panelists
will include Carolyn Dean, associate professor of art history; Daniel Guevara, associate
professor of philosophy; Barbara Rogoff, professor of psychology; Anthony Tromba,
professor of mathematics; and Juan Caballero, undergraduate student, Cowell College.
The convocation will focus on the pedagogical aspects of the NES and will be a forum
to answer the question: What, if anything, would a proposed change in the Narrative
Evaluation System imply about the quality of teaching and learning in UCSC classrooms?
Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and other interested people are invited
to attend and join in the discussion.
Previous stories on the NES:
NES forums continue; decision expected at senate
meeting (Jan. 31, 2000)
First 'narratives' forum produces two quite
different perspectives (Jan. 24, 2000)
Continuing the discussion of the NES (Jan.
Senate narrowly postpones vote on narrative
evaluations (Dec. 6, 1999)
Proposal to eliminate 'narratives' goes before
Academic Senate (Nov. 22, 1999)
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