Reframing Large Classes through Fostering the Citizen Scholar

  • David J. Hornsby
  • Jacqui De Matos Ala
Part of the Palgrave Critical University Studies book series (PCU)


Conventional pedagogical wisdom sees large classes as an enormous obstacle to fostering key attributes of the Citizen Scholar. We seek to challenge this narrative by arguing that adopting innovative pedagogical approaches that focus on engaging students can counter traditional perspectives regarding large class learning environments. Indeed, focusing on student engagement speaks directly to the idea of the Citizen Scholar as attributes inherent within proficiencies such as creativity and innovation, resilience, working across teams and design thinking are promoted. It is hard to imagine a Citizen Scholar who is not, at the core, an engaged individual.


Critical Thinking Foreign Policy Student Engagement Pass Rate Class Discussion 
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