HARRIET L. SCHWARTZ
"My ongoing quest to understand relationship as a central force in teaching propels this book. I am drawn to those moments of energetic deep learning and all that makes these powerful moments possible—as relationship, identity, and emotion form the heart of connected teaching." (from the introduction)
Harriet L. Schwartz, PhD, is professor of psychology and counseling at Carlow University (Pittsburgh, PA), where she serves as chair of the MA in Student Affairs program. In addition, Dr. Schwartz is a lead scholar for the International Center for Growth in Connection. She is at the forefront of applying Relational Cultural Theory (RCT) to teaching and learning, particularly in higher education. Dr. Schwartz also mentors students in Antioch University's PhD in Leadership and Change program in grounded theory, critical incident technique, and RCT.
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book explores teaching as a relational practice – a practice wherein connection and disconnection with students, power, identity, and emotion shape the teaching and learning endeavor. Author, Harriet L. Schwartz describes moments of energetic deep learning and approaches that encourage these moments. She calls on readers to be open to and seek relationship, understand their own socio-cultural identity (and how this shapes internal experience and the ways in which they are met in the world), and vigilantly explore and recognize emotion in the teaching endeavor.
Connected Teaching is informed and inspired by Relational Cultural Theory (RCT). The premise of RCT is that the experience of engaging in growth-fostering interactions and relationships is essential to human development. RCT’s founding scholars believed the theory would be relevant in many different settings, but this is the first book to apply it to teaching and learning in higher education.