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The Affective Domain: The Role of Emotions in Teaching and Learning

What role does human affect play in teaching and learning? This question has historically been ignored or dismissed as not relevant to faculty in higher education—after all, we’re teachers not therapists! Participants in this workshop will explore the role of emotions, attitudes, and motivation in teaching and learning and how to better manage them to facilitate deeper learning. In addition, we will explore the role of the affective field (the space around us and between us) and the extent to which we can manage it to better support teaching and learning.


By the end of this session, you should be able to

  • Identify the components of human affect that pertain to teaching and learning.
  • Utilize a variety of techniques for assessing and managing human affect in our teaching and our students’ learning.
  • Assist students in their own self-discovery of the role of affect in their learning.


For more information, contact Zachary Goodell (7-0562 or zggoodel@vcu.edu).

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