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Teaching Synthesis

Recommended for mid- to late semester


Students work with concepts from two disciplines, or two branches of the same discipline, using one to explore the other, or examining and discussing them in ways that reveal contrast, similarity, cause-effect, problem-solution, or other relationships. Students may investigate how solutions in one field illuminate problems in another, how work in one field is changing the way questions are asked in another field, and so on.

Some instructors use special formats to guide this kind of writing, asking students to write dialogues, conduct debates, or use other structures that make the dialogic nature of the task more obvious.

  • Write a short history