Conclusions from our Collaboration


Obstacles for Students

We began to wonder what makes it so difficult for other students to make the connections within their disciplinary work and across disciplines. Looking at students' presentations, we realized that the technology is not the stumbling block—instead, technology simply makes apparent in both our classes that connections of this sort are very difficult for some students. In fact, the technology should make it easier to demonstrate connections between poetry and meaning and between personal experience and the early childhood professional literature.

Looking at projects in both disciplines, we came to believe that if the connections are not there with the technology, then they are really not there. We started to wonder together what this means about some students as college students and as future professionals and what we can do to help them. We're able to ask these questions more authoritatively by virtue of asking them of one another.

Looking at Learning, Looking Together