A Class Without a View
A Cross-Cultural Challenge to Assumptions about Learning
Keywords:co-teaching, cross-cultural, global, failure, student motivation, student learning, student engagement, value of learning
Based on our recent experience co-teaching a class in Budapest, Hungary, we offer a counter-narrative to the positive chronicles of culturally integrated teaching, and reflect on how our experience of failure revealed some of the timely challenges and deep issues facing higher education globally: student disengagement and lack of intrinsic motivation, and a cultural divide between teacher and student values about learning. As a result of our failed class and co-teaching experience, we propose an altered understanding of Ã¢â‚¬Å“what a class is,Ã¢â‚¬Â and address how Ã¢â‚¬Å“a deep dive into the whyÃ¢â‚¬Â of student learning might help reckon with, and build on, mutually appreciated standards of attention, motivation, and engagement.