Call For Sources

My Incomplete Summer Reading List

Suggestions are welcome, please!

By Claude M. Steele

Difference in the Classroom

Claude M. Steele’s Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. (2010)

Anything I can find on the pedagogical value of Peggy McIntosh’s “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” Ideas?

Empathy & Anger

Deborah P. Britzman’s Lost Subjects, Contested Objects: Toward a Psychoanalytic Inquiry of Learning (1998) and Practice Makes Practice: A Critical Study of Learning to Teach (2003)

Ann Berlack’s article, “Teaching for Outrage and Empathy in the Liberal Arts” in Educational Foundations (1989)

Insert affect theorist here _______________.(Please. Really.)

Teaching as Emotional Labour

Arlie Hochschild’s The Managed Heart: The Commercialization of Human Feeling (1983)


Knowledge Translation*

*Where to begin? Does knowledge translate from  pedagogical theory or fromstudies undertaken in classrooms into how teachers actually practice teaching? What is “knowledge brokering?” Can you “knowledge broker” the Humanities?

Edit (June 19, 2013): This source does not fall under any of the above areas of interest, but as a literature scholar (a student of stories), it sounds very interesting: L.K. Shadiow’s What Our Stories Tell Us: A Guide to Critical Reflection for College Faculty. Thanks are due to Maryellen Weimer, author of the Teaching Professor Blog at Faculty Focus, who reviews the book hereand whose blog is an amazing source for new thoughts, perspectives, and conversations on teaching & learning in Higher Ed. Oh man, the comments! No other blog invites such thoughtful comments as does Maryellen’s.


7 thoughts on “Call For Sources

  1. Great to see “Whistling Vivaldi” on your list — I’m teaching it for the first time this summer, not so much for pedagogical reasons, but due to its relevance to the psychology of race/gender and its interesting way of arguing that race and gender (still) matter.

    I’m not sure if this is an obvious one, but have you read Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”? I don’t agree with some of it, but it’s an interesting read nonetheless. There is also the related (but quite different) “Methodology of the Oppressed” by Chela Sandoval — a decidedly more theoretical work, but useful.

  2. A colleague at McMaster has two suggestions for the list, specifically in regards to empathy in the classroom: A chapter entitled “Being-For or Feeling-For: Empathetic Demands and Disruptions” from Sharon Todd’s _Learning from the Other_ and Megan Boler’s _Feeling Power: Emotions and Education_. Thanks muchly, Jenny.

  3. And, from another colleague studying shame offers some suggestions for reading about empathy and what she calls its “proximal concepts”:

    Marjory Garber’s “Compassion” from _Compassion: The Culture and Politics of an Emotion_ (Ed. Lauren Berlant. New York: Routledge, 2004) and Martha C. Nussbaum’s _Upheavals of Thought: intelligence and emotions_ (New York: Cambridge UP, 2003).

    For thinking about anger she suggests Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s _Shame and its Sisters_ and Sianne Ngai discussion of irritation in _Ugly Feelings_.

    Thank you for the fantastic suggestions Taryn!

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