Dr. Tesia Marshik of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will teach a session titled Why Don’t We Learn? Overcoming Myths, Biases, and Resistance in Education at NASJE’s Annual Conference in Charleston in September 2017.
The session, which will be presented twice on Monday afternoon, September 11, will build on concepts presented in Dr. Marshik’s 2015 TEDx talk “Learning Styles and the Importance of Critical Self-Reflection” which was presented as part of the 2016 Annual Conference session titled Rethinking Learning Styles.
(In case you missed it, watch the webinar Rethinking Learning Styles, presented in June 2017 for NASJE members.)
Dr. Marshik will begin her session by discussing examples of common myths in education, such as learning styles and “we only use 10% of our brains” and explain why these myths persist. More importantly, she will engage NASJE members in discussing how and why false beliefs and mental limitations make people resistant to change and learning. Finally, she will provide proven educational models designed to help us as educators overcome myths held by our learners with effective instructional techniques. She will also challenge us as learners to engage in practices that help us overcome our own resistance to change.
Dr. Marshik graduated from John Carroll University in Ohio with degrees in Psychology and Philosophy. She earned a Masters of Arts in Education and a PhD in Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Currently a professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, she teaches a wide range of psychology courses, including Educational Psychology, Lifespan Development and Human Motivation. She has a keen interest in debunking pseudoscience, exploring the roles of cognitive biases and logical fallacies in perpetuating misconceptions, and finding effective methods for fostering conceptual change.