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Breaking Through the "Fourth Wall": Implications for Teaching and Learning

Author(s): Garner, B.

Citation: Garner, B.Breaking Through the "Fourth Wall": Implications for Teaching and Learning. (2022). 20(5)



There is a rich history of thought and research around how faculty can and should engage with their students in higher education (Chickering and Gamson, 1987; Guzzardo et al., 2020; Kuh, 2008; Trolian, Archibald & Jach, 2020). There should be no doubt that this element of the college experience can dramatically impact student learning and their probabilities of success. In this issue of The Toolbox, we will examine the “Fourth Wall” as a metaphor for how faculty can envision approaches to interacting and engaging with students.


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