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What Struggle Feels Like

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Abstract

In this chapter, I delve into what it feels like to struggle academically. Prior to struggling myself, I tended to overemphasize the intellectual aspects of my students’ challenges. This unbalanced approach gave me an incomplete understanding of how the affective dimensions of struggle manifest in ways that appear illogical. For example, I did not understand my students’ reticence to seek help until I experienced my own impulse to hide after receiving my first low grade on a test. This chapter focuses on the emotional side of struggle in hopes of shedding light on why students do seemingly irrational things when faced with academic challenges.

Keywords

Fear Empathy (Critique of) grit Neuroscience Metacognition 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ohio UniversityAthensUSA

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