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ERIC Number: EJ1135573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Flow in the Community College Classroom?: An Autoethnographic Exploration
Latz, Amanda O.
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v6 n2 Article 15 Jul 2012
Flow theory has not been previously applied to faculty experiences in higher education. Upon carrying out this autoethnographic self-study, I discovered that my experiences as a community college instructor were riddled with periods of being in flow. During the spring academic semester of 2010, I created weekly journals of my teaching life. Then, I coded and analyzed the journals and three themes were generated: preparation rituals, feedback, and solidarity. This self-study provided me with a wealth of knowledge about my own teaching and could assist others in understanding their own teaching experiences. It also highlighted the importance of affect in the college classroom. This study adds to the existing literature on flow theory, college teaching, and autoethnography.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Ethnography, Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Experience, Journal Writing, Action Research, Transformative Learning, Educational Practices, Lesson Plans, Feedback (Response), Teacher Student Relationship, Collegiality
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/ij-sotl/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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