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The Lure of Learning in Teaching


by Daniel Liston — 2004

Teaching entails the creation of connections among teacher, student, and content so that educational experiences can be had. Powerful teaching engages and recalls a lure of learning. To explore this lure, or love of learning, and its place in teaching, I first evoke a bit of what this attraction feels and looks like. Depicting this lure conveys some of what the seduction of learning is all about. Following this section on the love of learning, I highlight features of what this love of learning looks like in teaching. In teaching with a love of learning, we (as teachers) attempt to lure our students into reaching beyond themselves, to connect with the subject at hand. It is the teacher who invites us beyond the boundaries of ourselves, to another territory. The second major section of this essay focuses on the qualities of this educational invitation. It is an invitation to join and take part in the human inheritance, the human conversation. It is an invitation that arises from the teacher's depths, builds on what the teacher finds alluring in his or her love of learning, and expresses a respect for, faith in, and insistence that the students see what the teacher finds so precious.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 3, 2004, p. 459-486
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11524, Date Accessed: 5/29/2017 11:25:32 PM

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  • Daniel Liston
    University of Colorado at Boulder
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    DANIEL LISTON is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research interests are focused on the conjunction of reason and emotion in teaching as well as radical educational theory and teacher education. Recent publications include Teaching, Learning, and Loving (Routledge-Falmer, 2003), an edited collection (with Jim Garrison), and ‘‘Love and Despair in Teaching,’’ Educational Theory, 50, published in 2000.
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