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Resistance to Learning Overcoming the Desire-Not-To-Know in Classroom Teaching,9781137002853

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

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 9/19/2013
Publisher(s): Palgrave Macmillan
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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.

Author Biography

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.

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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