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Tuesday, March 2 • 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Keynote 4: Elisabeth Schussler

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Emotion as the hidden curriculum: The case of student anxiety

Factors that influence the persistence of students in undergraduate science have been the focus of many recent reform efforts, yet emotion is often an understudied variable. Emotion has a powerful influence on student cognition, motivation, and achievement. We suggest that instructors not attending to the “hidden curriculum” of emotion in their classroom are missing opportunities to support student success. We use research on the emotion of student anxiety at our institution to consider ways that emotion shapes student perceptions and outcomes, and instructor practices can in turn shape the emotional experience of their students. We focus on the construct of instructor support as one approach instructors may use to explicitly integrate emotion into their curriculum.

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Elisabeth Schussler

Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The primary research focus of Dr. Schussler’s lab is the shaping of undergraduate learning environments to foster meaningful student learning. Although learning environments are organized around specific curricula, the effectiveness of the curriculum is often impacted by the instructor... Read More →

Tuesday March 2, 2021 1:30pm - 2:15pm CST