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January 2014


In spring 2013 a group of faculty and administrators completed a series of workshops exploring Bernard Lonergan's General Empirical Method (GEM) and ways to apply it to our teaching. GEM invites students to learn how to think for themselves and discover themselves as learners. There are three initial steps - experiencing, understanding, and judging - which can readily be applied to searching, discovering and evaluating information resources. I report on my collaboration with a Biology professor teaching "Ecology and Stewardship," where we jointly incorporated elements of GEM, information literacy and the research process and developed rubrics for assessing student work.