Empirical Research in Teaching and Learning: Contributions by Debra Mashek, Elizabeth Yost Hammer

By Debra Mashek, Elizabeth Yost Hammer

Empirical learn in educating and studying: Contributions from Social Psychology attracts upon the newest empirical learn and empirically-based theories from social psychology to notify the scholarship of training and studying.

  • Provides an available theoretical grounding in social mental ideas and addresses particular empirical proof drawn from educating and studying contexts
  • Features concrete concepts to be used within the lecture room atmosphere
  • Includes contributions from specialists in either social psychology and the scholarship of educating and studying

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Indeed, empirical evidence reveals a multitude of benefits for those with positive connections. Benefits can be categorized as physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral. Physical benefits for those who are socially connected include better health than those who lack significant positive connections (Baumeister & Leary). Additionally, having positive social interactions is related to enhanced immune functioning (Cohen, Doyle, Turner, Alper, & Skoner, 2003). Positive social connections are related to positive emotional states.

Machell (1989) offered the term “professorial melancholia” to describe the primary facet of teaching burnout. The first stage of professorial melancholia is characterized by resenting students, with intensity increasing in stage two. The third and final stage includes verbal and grade abuse of students and the belief that students are enemies. Therefore, teachers need to recognize their own need for positive interactions with their students in order to enjoy the day-today responsibilities of teaching.

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