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How we view students: Images, Metaphors, Assumptions - Tips - FaCET

How we view students: Images, Metaphors, Assumptions

Tip Sheet No. 26

Jan 29, 1997

Ted Hovet, English

1. Our stereotypes, or metaphors, for students influence our expectations and our teaching style.

2. If we change our metaphors, we can change our experience of our students

3. Metaphors (e.g., student as passive learner, or student as consumer) may have unproductive side-effects.

4. Student metaphors of faculty influence their interactions with faculty. For example, they may perceive faculty as role models but faculty may not be aware of that metaphor.

5. Understanding everyone's metaphors can help to facilitate connections between student and faculty member.

For more information about this workshop, contact the CTL staff or any of the following individuals who attended:

Chad Besser and Brian Stone.



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