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This course takes a broad look at failure – and what we can all learn when it occurs

By Robert Kunzman, Professor of Curriculum Studies and Philosophy of Education, Indiana University
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Unusual Courses is an occasional series from The Conversation U.S. highlighting unconventional approaches to teaching.

Title of course:


“Failure, and How We Can Learn from It”

What prompted the idea for the course?


When I was a high school teacher, I found plenty of joy and fulfillment in my work. But I also felt the sting of failure: from a student who remained disengaged throughout the semester, or even just from a lesson that went off the rails. Now I prepare aspiring K-12 teachers to navigate that messy reality themselves, and I’m struck by…The Conversation


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