URI to host lecture on “The Emotions of Teaching”

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Boston College professor Andy Hargreaves to be featured in Finkelstein Lecture Series

KINGSTON, R.I. – March 30, 2009 – As the landscape of education changes, so too does the impact of life in the classroom on teachers.

Andy Hargreaves, the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, has researched the causes, configurations and consequences of teachers’ emotions in their work. On Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m., he will deliver his lecture, “The Emotions of Teaching” at the University of Rhode Island School of Education’s 33rd Annual Robert and Augusta Finkelstein Memorial Lecture.

The lecture will be held in the newly-opened Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences Auditorium on Flagg Road. The event is free and open to the public. There will be a question-and-answer session with Hargreaves following the lecture.

Hargreaves’ teaching and research at Boston College concentrates on sustainable leadership, professional learning communities, educational change and the emotions of teaching. His lecture ties in with the opening of the URI Curriculum Materials Library earlier that day.

From 1996 through 2000, Hargreaves was the principal investigator for a $120,000 research grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. According to information on his Boston College Web page, Hargreaves and four other researchers used the research to generate “a new theoretical framework of emotional geographies of teaching to describe the forms of distance and closeness that shape or break the basic bonds of interaction between teachers and others that underpin school effectiveness.”

Hargreaves has authored or edited more than 25 books which have been translated into a dozen languages. His book Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in the Age of Insecurity is published by Teachers’ College Press and Open University Press and has received the Choice Outstanding Book Award from the American Libraries Association for Teaching and the American Educational Research Association Division B Outstanding Book Award. His new book with Dean Fink, Sustainable Leadership, is published by JosseyBass/Wiley.

In 1973, URI established the Robert Finkelstein Memorial Lecture Series in honor of Finkelstein, a noted Rhode Island industrialist and staunch believer in state and federal support for elementary and secondary education. The lecture series, founded by the generosity of Augusta Finkelstein in memory of her husband, was renamed in her honor following her death in 1997.