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IUCr Teaching Commission newsletter

Paola requested I also send the following to the list.
For the Teaching Commission newsletter, I have been sending
the following (with minor changes as per the recipient)
to various crystallographers.  So far there has been around
a 50% success rate, and I am half way in the list of intended 

If members of the list can also write articles, or suggest
contributors, feel free to do so to  lachlan.cranswick@nrc.gc.ca


For the upcoming IUCr Teaching Commission newsletter, would you be able
to write an article on crystallographic teaching - maybe concentrating
on how things are/have been done in your region. This is
mainly concentrating on the teaching of the fundamentals of
crystallographic, and how this may have changed over the years,
time/lecture allocations, formal to informal teaching, etc.
Can you also recommend other crystallographers who might also
be able to elaborate on this topic.

(Refusal won't offend. The overall aim and scope of the newsletter is
given below. Deadline of 3rd June 2006):




The overall aim is to try and get a rough overview of what is the state
of play with postgraduate crystallographic teaching (or preliminary to
postgraduate education) in various regions of the world (formal and
informal tuition) and also what was the state of play in the past as a
comparison. Plus obtain comments and criticism on what topics and
methods of teaching have been found to work or fail.

This would be 2 to 4, A4 pages.  Though as this is an on-line publication,
it can be longer.


The intended theme of this first issue is the "teaching of the
fundamentals of crystallography at the post graduate level" (or in
preparation for continuting to the postgraduate level); with an aim of
getting an overview of past and present methods, corricular and ideas on
teaching crystallography. Teaching articles not specifically on this
theme are also welcome.

Articles are requested discussing past and present curriculum and
teaching of crystallography (what was found to work, what didn't; strong
points of particular curricula vs detrimental modifications; using
traditional teaching technology vs modern computing/internet based,
etc). Articles on crystallographic teaching in an environment where
there is no formal crystallography courses are also very welcome, as
this is also becoming the norm in much of the world.

Actual teaching material is also very welcome, can also be submitted as
addenda, in the original written language (there is no restriction to
English only teaching material).


Any articles can be sent (deadline of 3rd June 2006), in a single column
MS-Word friendly format, to Lachlan Cranswick at
Submissions will be reformatted to the newsletter style, which will be
near identical to the IUCr Computing Commission Newsletter:


Lachlan M. D. Cranswick
Contact outside working hours /
  Coordonnees en dehors des heures de travail:
NEW E-mail / courriel: lc *at* bluehaze.com.au Home Tel: (613) 584-4226
Mobile/Cell: 613 401 3433   WWW: http://lachlan.bluehaze.com.au/
        P.O. Box 2057, Deep River, Ontario, Canada, K0J 1P0

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