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Theory vs. Practice: An Administrative Perspective on Teaching and Learning in a Pandemic

Title

Theory vs. Practice: An Administrative Perspective on Teaching and Learning in a Pandemic

Format

Contribution to a Book

Book Title

Active Learning in Political Science for a Post-Pandemic World

First Page

17

Last Page

30

Editor

Jeffrey S. Lantis

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Description

As Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education and a political science professor, I learned the hard way that teaching about disasters is not the same as living through one. In IR, the study of pandemics and communicable diseases falls under neoliberal institutionalism because the prevention and management of global pandemics require the cooperation of states, through intergovernmental organizations like the World Health Organization, to overcome a collective goods problem. Students of IR learn that global health security is a collective good (common or shared interest for all humans). Yet with the Covid-19 pandemic, today’s students and future generations will learn that the lack of global governance produced a worldwide health crisis in 2020. This essay offers the perspective of an administrator at a small liberal arts institution to examine how colleges and universities can avoid the collective action problem at all levels of the organization to deliver education remotely. Relying on anecdotal evidence from faculty and student surveys, the discussion focuses on the lessons learned for effective delivery of remote teaching. The chapter draws parallels between global and university governance to show that states, like campus units, can collaborate to conquer an unforeseen challenge as a pandemic.

ISBN

978-3-030-94712-5

Publication Date

1-2022

Publisher

Springer Nature

Series

Political Pedagogies

Keywords

University Administration, Collective Action, Student Safety, Realism, Neoliberal Institutionalism, International Cooperation, Teaching and Learning

Disciplines

Higher Education | Higher Education Administration | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Theory vs. Practice: An Administrative Perspective on Teaching and Learning in a Pandemic


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