Dean Peter Brouwer Gives Talk About Intellectual Development


SUNY Potsdam School of Education and Professional Studies Dean Dr. Peter Brouwer will open the spring semester of the College’s Disciplined Inquiry in Education Series with an upcoming seminar.

Dr. Brouwer will offer a talk, titled “The Perry Model: A Framework for Understanding Student Intellectual Development in College,” at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Satterlee Hall Room 300.

This presentation will consider the influential work of William Perry, who developed the Perry Model of student intellectual development. His model provides a framework for understanding how students’ conception of knowledge develops over time, particularly during the college years.

The model grew out of patterns observed in extensive, open-ended interviews with a large number of college students. The framework has held up well over time, and has provided a foundation for much additional work and refinement. A number of implications of the Perry Model for understanding effective teaching and learning at the college level will be explored.

This discussion is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

The Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar is sponsored by SUNY Potsdam’s School of Education and Professional Studies. Over the last four years, the School has hosted more than 40 presenters through the series.

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