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Palgrave Macmillan

Resistance to Learning

Overcoming the Desire-Not-To-Know in Classroom Teaching

ISBN 9781137002853
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Psychoanalysis, Education and Social Transformation

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.

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.

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


"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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