A Recipe for Success, or for Assignment Starvation?

When Students Wanted an Assignment Outline, What I Gave Instead, and What Happened Next

Authors

  • Aldea Mulhern University of Toronto

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.33617

Keywords:

Anthropology of Religion, University teaching, writing assignments, recipes

Abstract

This article is about teaching fieldwork-based analytical writing, using a recipe. It comes out of my unease with some traditional forms of university pedagogy, and is part of a larger story of how I used food and foodways materially and epistemically in a second-year course. Here, I focus on how and why I adapted a part of my course mid-stream in response to student needs, by responding to student requests for an assignment handout with a recipe for writing.

Author Biography

Aldea Mulhern, University of Toronto

Course Instructor Department for the Study of Religion Department of Historical Studies University of Toronto

References

Bielo, James. 2015. Anthropology of Religion: The Basics. London: Routledge

Bigler, Rebecca S., and Campbell Leaper. 2015. “Gendered Language: Psychological Principles, Evolving Practices, and Inclusive Policies.” Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2 (1): 187–94.

Brunosson, Albina, Göran Brante, Hanna Sepp, and Ylva Mattsson Sydner. 2014. “To Use a Recipe—Not a Piece of Cake. Students with Mild Intellectual Disabilities’ Use of Recipes in Home Economics.” International Journal of Consumer Studies 38 (4): 412–18.. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcs.12109.

Freire, Paulo. 2000. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum.

hooks, bell. 1994. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York: Routledge.

———. 2003. Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope. New York: Routledge. http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip047/2003016929.html.

———. 2010. Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom. New York: Routledge.

Nilson, Linda Burzotta. 2010. Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors. The Jossey-Bass Higher and Adult Education Series. San Franciso: Jossey-Bass.

Pratt, Mary Louise. 1999. “Arts of the Contact Zone.” In Ways of Reading, edited by David Bartholomae and Anthony Petroksky, 582-–95. New York: Bedford/ St. Martin’s.

Published

2017-07-04

How to Cite

Mulhern, A. (2017). A Recipe for Success, or for Assignment Starvation? When Students Wanted an Assignment Outline, What I Gave Instead, and What Happened Next. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 46(2), 30-36. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.33617

Issue

Section

Articles