Teaching Around Tables:
Harkness AT Masters
Masters uses the Harkness teaching methodology, which requires students to take an active role in their education. Each class is conducted in seminar format around an oval wooden Harkness table. Sitting face-to-face with peers from varied cultures and backgrounds, students are expected to participate fully in collaborative educational exploration. They must arrive to class thoroughly prepared, listen closely, and think carefully. They have to question their own assumptions and articulate their opinions. The Harkness method offers a distinctively challenging academic experience that results in deeper, more gratifying learning.