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The unorthodox professor : surviving and thriving as a change agent in education

Author: Barbara S Spector
Publisher: Rotterdam, the Netherlands : Sense Publishers, [2018] ©2018.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The book is an autoethnography (self-analysis) of a woman’s career as an educator that spans half a century. Her stories as a visionary change agent in STEM education provide: an unorthodox approach to surviving and thriving in academia. By candidly “telling tales out-of-school” about events common in higher education – but not openly talked about – these stories and 149 lessons learned can be a roadmap for both  Read more...
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Named Person: Barbara S Spector
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara S Spector
ISBN: 9789463511742 9463511741 946351175X 9789463511759
OCLC Number: 1020307701
Description: xvi, 361pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Barbara S. Spector, University of South Florida, USA.

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The book is an autoethnography (self-analysis) of a woman’s career as an educator that spans half a century. Her stories as a visionary change agent in STEM education provide: an unorthodox approach to surviving and thriving in academia. By candidly “telling tales out-of-school” about events common in higher education – but not openly talked about – these stories and 149 lessons learned can be a roadmap for both seasoned and early career faculty; a guide to sources of joy and satisfaction – career rewards; insight to attaining grants from public and private sources to develop programs for diverse learners and for community engagement; a federal grant funding program officer’s use of a systemic approach to infuse marine education nationally; adventures of an out-of-the-box high school biology teacher as a template for use of the community as a resource for teaching K-12; use of program and course development for learners of all ages in formal and informal settings as a mechanism for change. Social issues emerging during this study that are relevant to the next generation of educators include a woman's role in society, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment; shifting paradigms, school reform, resistance to change, and educational funding; environmental degradation and climate change.

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