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How Higher Education Feels

Commentaries on Poems That Illuminate Emotions in Learning and Teaching

  • This book contains more than 100 short, evocative case studies to prompt discussion and reflection on the practice of teaching in higher education, and is perfect for use in instructional development and in graduate level courses on teaching, learning and student development.

  • This book highlights the key role of emotion, bringing together expert commentators to explore a variety of theoretical perspectives on emotion in higher education.

  • This book charts new territory by using poems as case studies to contribute to important, under-researched social scientific questions.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    • Kathleen M. Quinlan
    Pages 1-8
  3. Seven Stances on Emotion in Education

    • Kathleen M. Quinlan
    Pages 9-21
  4. Remaking Self-In-World

    • Marcia B. Baxter Magolda
    Pages 53-77
  5. Taking Care of Students and Ourselves

    • Celia Hunt
    Pages 79-105
  6. Teaching in the Real World

    • Michalinos Zembylas
    Pages 107-126
  7. For Love of People, Culture and Society

    • Monica McLean, Sarah LeFanu, Susan Bruce
    Pages 127-153
  8. For Love of Humanities and Arts

    • David Keplinger
    Pages 155-189
  9. For Love of Science

    • John Bowden, Pamela Green
    Pages 191-213
  10. Where we’ve Been, Where we’re Going

    • Kathleen M. Quinlan
    Pages 237-264
  11. Conclusion

    • Kathleen M. Quinlan
    Pages 265-267
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 269-277

About this book


Teaching and learning in higher education can evoke strong feelings, including confusion, anxiety, boredom, curiosity, surprise and exhilaration. These emotions affect students’ learning, progress and overall success. Teachers’ emotions affect how they teach and their relationships and communication with students. Yet the emotional dimensions of teachers’ and students’ experiences are rarely discussed in the context of improving higher education.

This book addresses that gap, offering short, evocative case studies to spark conversation among university teachers. It challenges readers to reflect on how higher education feels, to explore the emotional landscape of courses and programmes they create and consider the emotional effects of messages embedded in various policies and practices. 

Following the student lifecycle from enrolment to reunion, each of the main chapters contains 10 to 15 accessible, emotionally-engaging poems that serve as succinct case studies highlighting how some aspect of learning, teaching or development in higher education feels. Each chapter also contains an expert scholarly commentary that identifies emergent themes across the cases and establishes connections to theory and practice in higher education. The poems-as-case-studies are ideal for use in faculty or educational development workshops or for individual reflection. A variety of theoretical perspectives and associated reflection prompts provide lenses for variously interpreting the poems. An appendix offers suggestions for structuring case discussions as part of educational development activities.

The book promotes a person-centered discourse, giving voice to previously neglected aspects of higher education and reminding us that education is essentially a human endeavor.

Keywords

  • higher education
  • teaching
  • learning
  • student development
  • emotion
  • educational development
  • faculty development

Authors and Affiliations

  • Oxford Learning Institute, University of Oxford, UK

    Kathleen M. Quinlan

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Buying options

eBook USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-94-6300-636-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout