Presentation Details

The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

The Value of Reflection in the Humanities: Learner Engagement and Affective Response

Prof. Laura B. Soldner.

This session will examine the transformations students underwent when they submitted daily, written reflections about assigned readings in lieu of tests.
This pedagogical approach using reflective responses produced demonstrable affective as well as cognitive changes in students' written responses as well as stimulated active and spirited engagement in classroom discussions and activities. Students described positive changes in their views of themselves as readers and writers, their motivation to read and willingness to participate, their abilities to understand and analyze text, and their abilities to imagine, albeit vicariously, the lives of others. Excerpts of students' reflections and end-of-semester comments will be shared during this session.


Prof. Laura B. Soldner  (United States)
Associate Professor of English
Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
Northern Michigan University

Prof. Laura Soldner is an Associate Professor of English at Northern Michigan University. Her scholarly interests include impacts of affective response on cognition, metacognition and its influence on performance, and factors influencing first-year college students. She is also the former Director of NMU's First-Year Experience Program (FYE) and its nationally recognized "block" program.

  • Reflection
  • Affective response
  • Cognitive development
  • Metacognitive Awareness
  • Self-perceptioin
  • Human condition

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)