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ERIC Number: EJ981433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
What's "Your" Cheese?
Giampetro-Meyer, Andrea
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v29 n1 p145-153 Win-Spr 2012
In Academic Year 2010-11, the author's 25th year in the undergraduate classroom at Loyola University Maryland, a confluence of circumstances renewed her interest in motivation, "the level of enthusiasm and the degree to which students invest attention and effort in learning." She became interested in motivation because, that year, she experienced undergraduate students who were unusually motivated--they placed an especially high value on the learning aims and activities she identified and created for them. Students earnestly and enthusiastically completed assignments, moved in a positive direction on their individual paths to academic success, and accepted and followed her leadership in the classroom and beyond. Even when students' grades were not as they hoped, the earnest, enthusiastic work continued. Why? "She offered undergraduate students something they could not get anywhere else." In particular, she acknowledged and responded to students' intense interest in obtaining a high-quality internship experience, and, at the same time, offered students multiple opportunities to develop the high-level thinking and writing skills they will need to eventually advance in high-quality careers. She will label her newfound expertise at internship identification and placement "cheddar." The high-level skill development she routinely provides in the legal studies classroom is "broccoli." In this essay, the author will urge professors to enhance the nourishing material they routinely provide (broccoli) with something extra (cheese) that increases the desirability of the broccoli. Here, she will (1) present a few basic facts about her current life in higher education, so one understands the context in which she offers this teaching perspective; (2) share some lessons she has learned about motivation from reading in the field of learning theory; (3) explain, in more detail, what she offered undergraduate students that they could not get anywhere else; and (4) encourage one to select his/her cheese. (Contains 17 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland