(Correct Answer) HIST310 : Reflective Essay



Reflective Essay Instructions

This assignment is an example of a metacognitive essay.  Metacognition refers to one’s awareness of the how one thinks.  I am asking you to think about your thinking in this essay, to analyze how your thinking processes impact your approach to the material and assignments, and finally how this course may have shaped your thinking about connections between the past and the present.  Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions about this essay while you are working on it.

Address the following in your reflective essay:

Reflecting on Your Learning – What have you learned about how you learn?:

Look through the discussions and essays you have completed during this course.  Which assignments were most helpful for your learning?  Which were less helpful?  Which intellectual tasks required of you in this course – summarizing information, analyzing primary source documents, drawing your own conclusions, taking a position, supporting a position with evidence – did you find most challenging or difficult?  Why do you think that is?  How do you think your ability to engage in these kinds of intellectual tasks has changed over the course?

Reflecting on History – What have you learned about history and the connection between the Industrial Revolution, cities, and urban life?:

If you were asked to describe European cities before and after industrialization at the beginning of this class and again at the end of the course, how would your descriptions differ?  How has your understanding of the industrial revolution in Europe and its relationship to European cities changed over the course?  In this class, we have focused on the transformation of the physical environment of the European city and its relationship to the development of modern European society and culture.  How has what you have learned about that relationship (between physical space and the society and culture) in this class shaped your perception of the world around you and your view of a contemporary city today?

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