Journal of Pedagogy, Pluralism, and Practice

Article Title

The Sky in the Classroom

Publication Date

Spring 2011


We have all experienced the sky – its vast expanse, endless possibilities, the feeling of playful freedom one might have during vacation. It’s less obvious, though, how it fits into the classroom, neither slimming down its vastness nor overwhelming precise academic discourse. This article describes a multi-disciplinary course we taught at Bowdoin College, where we sought to expand students’ views of themselves, their minds, and the nature of academic inquiry by accomplishing the marriage of this vastness with precision. Our purpose here is to evoke that learning experience for other educators who might have similar goals.



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