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Emotion, affect, and community building in the CUNY classroom

When: October 22, 2019, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Where: Charlotte Frank Classroom (1203 HE)
Topic(s):

Presenter(s): Sarah Benesch (College of Staten Island); Asilia Franklin-Phipps (The Graduate Center); Monica Calabritto (Romance Languages)

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The social and emotional context in which teaching and learning take place can affect, either positively or negatively, student academic and developmental outcomes. Some studies have found, for example, that a relaxed atmosphere, intimacy, trust and mutual interdependence enhance students’ intellectual commitment. On the other hand, professors and instructors often face difficult expectations and challenges that determine their response to the students’ needs.  This seminar seeks to explore the relationship between cognition and emotion – knowing and feeling – understood as intertwined aspects of classroom life, considering both the emotional labor of the instructor and students’ engagement and attention. Our speakers work in several CUNY campuses and are interested in pedagogical approaches that explore the affective experience of learning.

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