Reading Nature, Observing Science: Examining Material Practices in the Lick Observatory Archives and Kenneth S. Norris Papers

Interdisciplinary Pedagogy and Poetic Science

Norris was an advocate of interdisciplinary pedagogy. His teaching philosophy revolved around a kind of poetic science. This poetic science, which is apparent in both Norris's poetic journal entries and student interviews, is based on the merging of poetic, artistic outlooks with scientific knowledge and perspectives on the natural world. In other words, Norris did not believe in a separation between the arts and sciences, but rather thought that both poetry and science were equally necessary in order to attain a full understanding of the environment and its inhabitants. Norris's commitment to interdisciplinary education is perhaps most fully realized in his Natural History Field Quarter class, as Norris often brought poets along to these classes [add in oral history biography]


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