Kaleidoscopic Pedagogy in the Classroom Laboratory

Ryan Cordell, Benjamin J. Doyle, Elizabeth Hopwood

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Ryan Cordell, Benjamin Doyle, and Elizabeth Hopwood’s essay seizes a nineteenth-century invention, the kaleidoscope, as a model and metaphor for pedagogical practices and learning spaces that encourage play and experimentation. Through examples that involve setting letterpress type, the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) encoding of nineteenth-century texts as an interpretive process, and the collaborative creation of Wikipedia pages, the authors describe how experiments with contemporary technologies help students claim scholarly agency over the texts and tools central to their study of the nineteenth century. Kaleidoscopic pedagogy encourages students to discover how C19 competencies like close reading and contemporary methods of coding and data analysis have the potential to be mutually constitutive, inspiring a more nuanced understanding of both periods.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTeaching with Digital Humanities: Tools and Methods for Nineteenth-Century American Literature
EditorsJennifer Travis, Jessica DeSpain
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780252042232
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Wikipedia
  • poetry
  • technology history
  • book history
  • building
  • making
  • Twitterbot
  • experimentation
  • play
  • close reading
  • data analysis
  • coding
  • TEI
  • digital humanities
  • pedagogy


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