The Power and Influence of Others on Individual Performance: The International Journal of the Humanities

By Kenneth R. Austin, Kendall Mott, Amanda Packman, Brandon Batchelor, Spence Gaskin, Dustin Parrish and C.J. Shelton.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

This article supports a belief that individuals educated in safe educational environments which promote risk-taking founded in humility will not only encourage progress and inquiry in truth-seeking, but will help the learner gain subsequent identity, acceptance, and recognition from others, as well. Moreover, this article offers a comparison of binary thinking to inquiry-based constructivist critical thinking (gray-thinking or free-thinking) leading to further discussion concerning the meanings of what comprises an educated individual.

Keywords: Gifts, Talents, Peer Influence, Creative and Critical Thinking

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp.173-182. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 600.939KB).

Dr. Kenneth R. Austin

Assistant Professor, Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

Currently, Dr. Austin is a faculty member of the Pre-Service Teacher Education and Graduate Studies program at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas (USA) teaching, among others, such courses as Introduction to Pedagogy and Active Learning, Designing a Curriculum for a Learner-Centered Classroom, and The Philosophical and Historical Foundations of American Education. He was a high school teacher for 14 years teaching courses in painting, traditional and digital photography, sculpture, drawing, art history, world cultures, world history, and aesthetics before moving into higher education. This year marks his 21st year of active classroom education. Dr. Austin has a rare combination of having an MFA (Studio Art) and a PhD (Curriculum and Instruction), both from The University of Texas at Austin (USA).

Kendall Mott

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

Amanda Packman

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

Brandon Batchelor

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

Spence Gaskin

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

Dustin Parrish

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA

C.J. Shelton

Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USA


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