Welcome to Decoding
If you are new to Decoding, here are some concrete steps that you can take to make the approach a part of your teaching practice:
- Review the seven steps of the process through the links on the home page of the Decoding the Disciplines web site.
- Read Claudia Schäfle and Peter Riegler. Decoding the Disciplines from an Instructor’s Perspective, in Didaktiknachrichten (July 2020) for a description of the impact of Decoding on the experience of two college teachers. The original German version of this essay (“Decoding the Disciplines aus Lehrendenperspektive: is available at https://www.diz-bayern.de/images/cwattachments/493_46f6251eae8bd4aa1f94aeefb28ceea7.pdf . ]
- Begin to read general introductions to Decoding
- Joan Middendorf and David Pace, “Decoding the Disciplines: A Model for Helping Students Learn Disciplinary Ways of Thinking” is a good place to begin.
- David Pace, The Decoding the Disciplines Paradigm (Indiana University Press, 2917)
- Joan Middendorf and Leah Shopkow, Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks (Stylus, 2018)
- David Pace and Joan Middendorf, Decoding the Disciplines: Helping Students Learn Disciplinary Ways of Thinking (New Directions in Teaching and Learning, Vol. 98 (Fall 2004)
- Look for resources on Decoding in the field in which you teach http://decodingthedisciplines.org/decoding-by-field/ or by particular authors
- Form a group of teachers who are interested in using Decoding and begin to interview each other to make explicit the steps that students must master to get past some of the bottlenecks in their courses
- Read Peter Riegler, “The Decoding interview – an exemplary insight” for suggestions” in “DiNa 07/2020 Decoding the Disciplines” [N.B. This English translation that should be available on line in the next few days. The original German is available at ““DiNa 11/2019Decoding the Disciplines””. ]
- Watch a video of a Decoding interview
- Many of the articles in Janice Miller-Young and Jennifer Boman, eds. Using the Decoding the Disciplines Framework for Learning Across Disciplines, (New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 150. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass) provide useful examples of how the Decoding interview process can serve to bring groups of teachers together.
- Join the Decoding the Disciplines List Serve and ask questions of other Decoders (http://decodingthedisciplines.org/contact/)
- Invite a Person Experienced in Decoding to Your Campus:
A number of scholars of teaching and learning with extensive experience with Decoding are available to do workshops at universities around the world. Click here to see a list of academics working in the area who are available for campus visits.If you are experienced at Decoding and would like to be included on this list, please send your contact information and a description of the work that you have done in the field to email@example.com.]