14 February 2019 | Learning & Teaching Forum paper

University teaching in large classrooms. Engaging different disciplines between didactic transposition educational reconstruction processes

Elisabetta Nigris, Barbara Balconi, Franco Passalacqua ( University of Milano-Bicocca)

In connection with recent researches on the educational development of faculty members, this paper presents the training programme to improve faculty members teaching skills at the University of Milano-Bicocca, called “Teaching large classroom”.


This research examines aspects of the teaching approach implemented in this programme, with a particular focus on the relationship between different disciplinary frameworks in the teacher training of university teachers. The hypothesis of this paper is about the inter and transdisciplinary approach of the training programme and its validity on developing university professors teaching skills and, more specifically, their capacity to transfer and reconstruct their learning about teaching-learning methods. The first results show teachers frequently engaged in distancing and meta-cognitive reflection with respect to specific aspects of the processes of didactic transposition and didactic reconstruction: the selection of the knowledge to be taught; the recipient of the knowledge; the use of examples to make the knowledge accessible; reflection on the epistemological basis of the knowledge taught.

ISSN 2593-9602

This paper was presented at the 2019 European Learning & Teaching Forum and reflects the views of the named authors only.

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