Teacher for Learning – Activity #1

Carrie Mallon

Teacher for Learning – Activity #1

Identified a concept that is often misunderstood in my discipline and created an analogy to help make sense of it (Prior knowledge)

One of the concepts that is often misunderstood in my discipline is “valued social roles” from Social Role Valorization theory.  Students often confuse valued social roles with activities that a person may do.

One way that I have been able to explain this is by having students think about a eulogy.  You would not say that someone was a soccer, you would call them a soccer player, or an athlete.  This is certainly not a complex analogy, but it helps them think about it in a different way, as roles are often tied to our activities but are not the same thing.

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