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Resistance to Learning

Overcoming the Desire Not to Know in Classroom Teaching

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Marshall Wise Alcorn Jr.
    Pages 1-41
  3. Marshall Wise Alcorn Jr.
    Pages 43-91
  4. Marshall Wise Alcorn Jr.
    Pages 93-123
  5. Marshall Wise Alcorn Jr.
    Pages 125-151
  6. Marshall Wise Alcorn Jr.
    Pages 153-178
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 179-190

About this book


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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About the authors

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

Bibliographic information


"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