The Story of Knowledge

Check out this one-hour online professional development session for teachers, focusing on the history of science and how scholars from the Islamic world contributed to the development of knowledge in the West and beyond.

Students have a lot of misconceptions about where knowledge comes from, who makes it, and how it changes. They often imagine a lone genius having a eureka moment, but there’s not much diversity in this imaginary story. How can we diversify and contextualize knowledge? In this session, we will talk about:

  • How to expand our understanding of the history of knowledge
  • How to include more people and societies in our telling of the story
  • How to focus on the collective and social aspect of knowledge

We use a series of illustrated biographies from OER Project’s Big History Project course as a case study, brainstorming techniques to use in the classroom to equip students to tell bigger, better stories about knowledge and critically evaluate limited stories.

Whether or not you are currently teaching BHP, you will leave the session with a useful collection of online materials to use with your classroom.