Failure can be a scary prospect in any field, but it’s sometimes a necessary one to grow and improve. IU School of Education professor Rob Kunzman will delve into navigating failure in a talk this month - and learning to manage the worries around it.
Kunzman first started to think about failure in the context of teacher preparation, especially when it came to the pressure that School of Education teacher candidates might feel stepping into the P-12 classroom amidst incredible complexity and challenges. Kunzman wondered if the students were given enough “permission to fail” as they learned their craft, and if they were helped learn how to analyze their inevitable failures in ways that would help them grow and improve.
After teaching in Hutton Honors College for the past seven years and working with students from across campus and a wide array of academic majors, Kunzman started to examine how different disciplines viewed and understood failure in their own fields, and whether exploring those similarities and differences might provide some valuable insights.
Now through a course he’ll be teaching again this spring and a talk October 15, Kunzman will survey and describe how some different fields, including science, engineering and design, business and entrepreneurship, athletics, education and medicine, understand, analyze and learn from failure - and what some of the common threads might have to teach all of us about navigating failure in our own lives, professionally and personally. The talk and course fit in with IU’s Themester focus for the year, “Resilience.”