Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
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Margaret Macintyre Latta
Women & Gender Studies
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Current Assignment in the College of Education and Human Sciences:
Professor, Teaching, Learning, & Teacher Education, College of Education & Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Program Faculty, Women and Gender Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Education reforms of the last three decades have focused on objectifying specific learning outcomes resulting in much superficial rather than substantial learning. With emphasis on what may be superficial behaviors, little attention is given to assimilation, internalization, or integration of thought. The contemporary research discussion of the structure of teaching experience that compartmentalizes knowledge, separating pedagogy from content, knowledge from interests, and theory from practice, raises the dilemmas I am addressing. The aesthetic offers a philosophical and pragmatic approach to teaching and learning of all kinds, striving for connections across disciplines, demanding continuous engagement in reflection and deliberation, and honoring teaching and learning as complex and developmental in nature. My teaching/research/service involvement foregrounds the role and integral place of aesthetic considerations such as attentiveness to personal learning processes, participatory thinking, emotional commitment, felt freedom, dialogue and interaction, speculation, and greater self understandings, within the acts of teaching and learning. My work emphasizes the primacy of teachers in the lives of their students and the long-term impact on the future, contributing to the scholarship regarding teacher education and professional development reform initiatives.