Nosich, chapter 3Disciplinary Ways of Thinking
WHAT DO THE FOLLOWING IMAGES HAVE IN COMMON?
OK. How many did you get?
Did you know the answers?Footballrunning playBiologyphotosynthesisEconomicsthe Laffer Curve for tax returnsInterior designalternate floorplansBotanyMendelian geneticsMusicguitar tablature for Smoke on the WaterEducationlesson plan for a science classMeteorologythe Saffir/Simpson Scale for measuring hurricanesChessthe Sicilian Defense (very common opening)Algebraa simple equation. (Can you solve for x? )
Now think about HOW you knew the answers.To recognize these acts of thinking, you had to understand the SYMBOL SYSTEM of a disciplineYou had to recognize important CONCEPTS and INFORMATIONYou had to make ASSUMPTIONS and draw CONCLUSIONS. In other words,
YOU HAD TO THINK CRITICALLY FROM A DISCIPLINES POINT OF VIEW
What does it mean to think in a discipline?Know what ideas are central to that disciplineits f & p conceptsUnderstand the logic of the field and its point of viewKnow and use the symbol system(s) of that discipline (terms, jargon, shorthand, forms)Understand what you bring to the field (point of view, impediments, filters, etc.)Move from outsider (apprentice) to insider (professional)
How do you learnto think in a discipline? Enculturation throughInstruction (classes, textbooks, etc.) & testing Observation and practice (fieldwork, internships, labs, practicums, etc.) Experience (actually doing it) Engagement (journals, conferences, talking to other practitioners)
How do you thinkin your disciplines?
Heres what I want you to do for Tuesday.Re-read and heavily annotate chapter 3 of Nosich.Then look at the example on pp. 100-101 (The logic of Earth Sciences) and see how it uses the elements.Now, go on our Facebook Discussion Board and start a topic for the logic of YOUR discipline (be it Interior Design or Sports Mgmt.) or whatever. Write out how you seeat this stage of your careerthe logic of the field youve chosen.If someone else with the same major starts a thread for it first, then post your answer as a reply to that thread so that you can play off each other.We will talk about these in class on Tuesday.