Higher education research provides extensive resources on learning and teaching in preparation for professional, civic and personal lives. This scholarship provides a critical opportunity for collaboration in the continuing development of Bahá’í scholarship in studies of text and practice, interfaith service, and community participation. Four research areas—balancing content and learner experience, co-construction of knowledge (teachers/learners), learning from reflection and personal narratives, and embracing diversity—are examined with program applications in the Bahá’í community.
Dr. Rickards worked in Educational Research and Evaluation at Alverno College for over 20 years, studying educational innovations and supporting faculty discourse on learning outcomes. Retired in 2011, he continued to consult on evaluation projects. Publications include Evaluating Student Learning in Higher Education: Beyond the Public Rhetoric and Talking about data: The faculty discourse on practice, student learning and evaluative processes. He was born into a Baha’i family and served in various LSAs and evaluation projects at the Baha’i World Center and the Wilmette Institute.
The views expressed in this recording are those of the presenter and do not necessarily represent the views of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, nor the authoritative explications of Bahá’í writings.