Creative Resistance in Learning Environments
A learning environment is one where learners (students) and facilitators (teachers) interact to meet a commonly defined goal, often transmitted from the latter to the former. Learning environments include formal classroom contexts, informal home tutoring, as well as everything in between, including more recent digital means of knowledge transfer. Predominantly, these contexts are supportive and facilitate the development of academic and life skills, most often through direct instruction. However, at times, students display resistance to learning due to a variety of personal and situational factors. Educators have attempted to come up with solutions to deal with common instances of resistance within the classroom, but when such resistance is expressed creatively, educational outcomes are severely hampered.
Resistance in classrooms and educational contexts occurs regardless of the educational level. Pre-schoolers, primary-school children, and college graduates all resist,...
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