Intellectual streaking: The value of teachers exposing minds (and hearts)

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As teachers we often ask learners to be vulnerable and yet present ourselves as high status, knowledgeable experts, often with pre-prepared scripts. This paper investigates the metaphoric notion of “intellectual streaking” – the nimble exposure of a teacher’s thought processes, dilemmas, or failures – as a way of modeling both reflection-in-action and resilience. While there is a tension between credibility and vulnerability, both of which are necessary for trust, we argue that taking a few risks and revealing deficits in knowledge or performance can be illuminating and valuable for all parties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1284-1285
Number of pages2
JournalMedical Teacher
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 18 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes

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