Teaching

Teaching Philosophy:

 

Several elements are important in my teaching. First, students should understand that knowledge, learning and intellectual competence in the subject of history is critical. Second, students are engaged in the pursuit of intellectual formation, or discipline formation.  I do not simply attempt to impart knowledge of historical events, but seek to develop a critical capacity with respect to historical understandings.  I teach not just to cover historical events but to convey what it means to be a historian. Third, I students must learn the craft of writing. They particularly like my working with them on drafts of their essays.  University education, I believe, seeks to develop both critical intelligence and the capacity for responsible and effective communication of intellectual insights and discoveries.  At the heart of a university education is learning to communicate ideas, thoughts, concepts and theories.

 

I also promote the importance of learning outcomes in my history courses and have come to realize that content is only part of what I do as a teacher. History at the University of Regina is an integral part of a general education that students receive and as a teacher it is my responsibility to provide students with a vast array of knowledge about the historical development and the contemporary understanding of their local, national and global communities. The study of history also provides students with the skill set necessary for life beyond the academy, notably in the workplace and in the pursuit of graduate and professional training.

 

As such, I maintain that through the study of History, students will be able to:

 

• Read perceptively, think critically and write clearly;

• Use the library and computer technology to locate primary and secondary sources for any period of history;

• Synthesize historical materials for presentation orally and in writing;

• Demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity issues both globally and within Canada, and appreciate the role that people of different races, ethnicities, gender and socio-economic experiences have played in shaping the human story.

• Explain the historical background of current social, political, cultural and economic issues.

• Demonstrate understanding of connections between historical events, ideas, and values over time.

• Think critically. Students will learn to apply historical methods to evaluate critically the record of the past and how historians and others have interpreted it.

• Research Effectively. Students will acquire basic historical research skills, including (as appropriate) the effective use of libraries and database

• Demonstrate awareness of connections between sources and their historical

context.

• Develop the ability to distinguish between fact and fiction while understanding that there is no one historical truth.

• Employ a full range of techniques and methods used to gain historical knowledge.

• Understand the ethical dimensions of historical inquiry and presentation,

including plagiarism and responsible research.

 

A degree in history offers a well-rounded education and provides a variety of learning outcomes that will include knowledge, effective communications, an understanding and appreciation of engaged citizenship, and various analytical skills.

 

An effective teacher continues the search to be a good teacher. I continually revise and change how I approach my teaching as well as the materials I use in my courses. When I stop being concerned about the quality of my teaching and how I can make it more effective, I know then that I have lost interest in undergraduate and graduate education and I can no longer claim that I am an effective teacher. The effectiveness of my teaching and my impact in the classroom has become even more important as I mature as a teacher and as a scholar.

 

Recent Classes Taught:

 

HIST 201:  Canada From Confederation to World War II

 

HIST 202:  Canada From World War II to the Present

 

HIST 301:  Federalism and the Canadian Experience

 

HIST 303:  Canada in the World

 

HIST 403/803:  Studies in Canadian Political History

 

HIST 409/809:  Canadian Nationalism in Comparative Perspective

 

HIST 415/815:  The Writing of History

 

Dr. Raymond B. Blake

University of Regina - History Department

3737 Wascana Parkway

Regina, SK   S4S 0A2

Phone: 306-585-5431

Fax: 306-585-4827

raymond.blake@uregina.ca

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