Resistance to Learning

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


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Alcorn examines qualities of student resistance to new and uncomfortable information and proposes methods for teachers to work productively with such resistance. Drawing on research from numerous disciplines showing how emotion grounds human reason, he outlines an agenda that makes emotional experience central to educational practice.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 190 pages
  • 142 x 218 x 18mm | 379.99g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • biography
  • 1137002859
  • 9781137002853
  • 1,974,811

About Marshall Wise Alcorn

Marshall Wise Alcorn Jr. is Professor in the Department of English of The George Washington University, USA.

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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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Table of contents

1. The Emotional Demands of Information Assimilation 2. The Psychology and Biology of the Desire Not to Know 3. Symptomatic Fixation, Emotion, and Social Alliance 4. Academic Allegiance and Attacks on Linking 5. Information Relays and the Touched Nerves of Global Injustice

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