Resistance to Learning

Resistance to Learning : Overcoming the Desire-Not-to-Know in Classroom Teaching

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Taking on the challenge to teaching the "desire-not-to-know" presents, Alcorn examines qualities of student resistance to new and uncomfortable information and proposes methods for teachers and professors to work productively with such resistance. Research in neuroscience, education, sociology, political science, and the humanities has contributed to a revisionary understanding of how emotion grounds human reason, interaction, and communication. Colleges and Universities produce and distribute information but do very little to ensure that information is effectively assimilated and employed as solutions to real problems. This book outlines an agenda that makes emotional experience central to educational practice.

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 142 x 218 x 18mm | 379.99g
  • 19 Sep 2013
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1137002859
  • 9781137002853
  • 1,812,143

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Marshall Wise Alcorn, Jr. is Professor of English at The George Washington University, USA. He is the author of Changing the Subject in English Class: Discourse and the Constructions of Desire and Narcissism and the Literary Libido.

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"Providing an understanding of how human communication, interaction, and reason are grounded in emotion, Alcorn has produced a work useful to teachers at every level, especially those at the university level. Rich with examples and cases that exemplify the points raised, the work provides fertile grounds for discussion and analysis of a topical, important subject." - CHOICE

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