Literature for Linebackers: Overcoming So-called "Natural" Aversion in the Classroom
This mock "Introduction to Literature" class demonstrates how a safe, nurturing classroom, immediate tangible reward, and pure positive reinforcement can overcome so-called "natural" aversion to any given subject.
||Motivation, Natural Aversion, Behavior Modification, Positive Reinforcement
The International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 9, pp.195-200.
Article: Print (Spiral Bound).
Article: Electronic (PDF File; 828.596KB).
She is an Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where she has chaired the Teaching Effectiveness Committee and the biannual Lycoming Conference on Teaching Excellence. An internationally recognized scholar, educator, and speaker, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1991 and has since published Dream Revisionaries: Women's Utopian Literature 1870-1920 (1995), Nudes From Nowhere: Utopian Sexual Landscapes (2000), A Brighter Morn: The Shelley Circle's Utopian Project (2002), Autopoetica: Representations of the Creative Process in Nineteenth-century British and American Fiction (forthcoming), and A Portrait of the Student as a Young Wolf: Motivating Undergraduates (2003), as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles. She has won a number of awards for her scholarship and teaching, and speaks on student motivation at conferences and university workshops across the United States.
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