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The Emotional Learner
Understanding Emotions, Learners and Achievement

ISBN 9781138059597
Published December 20, 2017 by Routledge
250 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Emotional Learner combines practical advice with the latest evidence to offer essential guidance on how to understand positive and negative emotions. Taking its reader on a tour of the most significant research from psychology, neuroscience and educational studies, it reveals that in order to ensure educational success, teachers must have a deeper understanding of how and why emotional states manifest themselves in the classroom.

Written by experienced teacher and psychologist Marc Smith, the book examines the complex relationship between cognition and emotion, clearly and thoughtfully exploring:

  • What we mean by ‘emotions’ and why they are important to learning
  • Understanding master and performance learning orientations
  • Cognition, emotion, memory and recall
  • Personality and motivation
  • Dealing with boredom in the classroom
  • Activating and deactivating emotional states
  • Navigating the teenage years
  • Understanding the positive and negative impact of anxiety and stress
  • Fear of failure, how it evolves and how to combat it.

The Emotional Learner is a compelling, accessible introduction to understanding that how we feel is intricately linked to how we learn. It will help all those involved in teaching children and young adults to challenge common-sense assumptions about the role of positive and negative emotions, showing its reader how to teach ‘with emotions in mind’ and ensure positive academic outcomes.

Table of Contents

1. It’s not easy being a Vulcan  2. Masters and Performers  3. Positive and Negative Emotions  4. What we think and what we feel  5. Personality, Motivation and Emotion  6. Anxiety  7. Boredom  8. Interest and Curiosity  9. The Emotional Teen  10. Fear of Failure  11. Teaching with emotions in mind

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Marc Smith is a freelance writer, Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has taught in secondary schools across the north of England since 2004 and writes for publications including the TES and The Psychologist.