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ERIC Number: EJ916829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Mind and Soul: Connecting with Students
Pattison, Patricia; Hale, Janet Riola; Gowens, Paul
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v28 n1 p39-66 Win-Spr 2011
Excellent professors do not teach subjects or classes; they teach students. Although innovative exercises and teaching techniques are critical to, and enhance, student learning, they are not substitutes for "caring and seeing with the heart" as described by Flavia. Excellent teaching can be found "in the attitudes of the teachers, in their faith in their students' abilities to achieve, in their willingness to take their students seriously and from a mutual respect and agreement between students and teachers." Student interaction based on respect and caring is one of the most important criteria for excellent teaching. This article posits that excellent teaching can be learned best by focusing on behaviors. After reviewing the recent literature on teaching excellence, the critical incident technique, the value of considering student responses, and characteristics of excellent professors, this article describes the authors' recent studies of behaviors of professors who are perceived to care about their students as individuals. Through these studies, the authors sought to illustrate how the use of identified behaviors that students associate with caring faculty can be used to reach the level of teaching excellence. Last, they list and analyze behaviors that can effectively convey a caring attitude to students. (Contains 5 tables and 79 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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