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ERIC Number: EJ893821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Harry Potter and the Ghost Teacher: Resurrecting the Lost Art of Lecturing
McDaniel, Kathryn N.
History Teacher, v43 n2 p289-295 Feb 2010
A significant image of classroom lectures is the one presented in J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series. At Harry's Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the most torturous class is easily History of Magic, which is, incidentally, the only class in the school taught by a ghost. Being taught by a ghost could be quite exciting: not so in History of Magic. The professor lectures, inducing in his students a coma-like state and alienating them entirely from what could be not only interesting but also intensely relevant subject matter. In this article, the author takes a look at some of the symptoms of disease seen in lecturing and discusses ways on how to resurrect the lost art of lecturing. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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