Co-Constructing Knowledge and Engaging with Counter-Narratives

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.


Are you looking for a teaching method that empowers students, encourages them to think critically, and isn't a lecture? In this presentation, attendees will learn the value of crafting lessons that enable students to co-construct knowledge and engage with counter-narratives rather then listening to a lecture. After explaining the theory that drives co-construction and counter-narratives, attendees will see a model of how this process was used in our own classrooms with graduate student pre-service teachers. Then, attendees work with the presenters to discuss ways this method could be used in their own teaching.


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Jeff Eargle
Clinical Assistant Professor

Instruction and Teacher Education
College of Education

Jeff Eargle is a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Education and the Interim Director of the USC Professional Development Schools Network. Having earned his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning at the University of South Carolina, he currently teaches preservice educators. His background includes teaching secondary social studies in the South Carolina public school system, conversational English in Poland, and undergraduate history courses at local liberal arts colleges. With over 20 years of experience in education, he has provided professional development for social studies educators throughout South Carolina and around the United States.

In partnership with the SC Council on the Holocaust, Eargle currently codevelops and cofacilitates courses in Holocaust education for South Carolina teachers. He is the recipient of awards for teaching excellence such as the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies 2018 Excellence in Teaching Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Award, South Carolina Department of Education 2012 Finalist for State Teacher of the Year, South Carolina Bar 2010 Law-Related Education High School Teacher of the Year, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute 2010 South Carolina US History Teacher of the Year. His scholarly activities explore social studies pedagogical issues.

Vernon Turner
Ph.D. Student & Graduate Research Assistant
Instruction and Teacher Education
College of Education

Vernon Turner is Ph.D. student and graduate research assistant in the Teaching and Learning program. Vernon earned his BA in History and an MT in Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina before serving as a secondary social studies teacher. Vernon has also worked with CEEAAS as a graduate research assistant and as a university supervisor for graduate preservice teachers. Vernon's areas of research include social studies education, critical pedagogy, culturally relevant pedagogy, and primary source education.