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‘Parenting and Teaching: What’s the Connection in our Classrooms’

Time: 11:45am - 12:45pm CDT October 15

Location: Campbell Student Union Auditorium

The Psychological Science Department and the Teaching Commons are pleased to host a colloquium talk for students and faculty with speaker Douglas Bernstein, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in the Campbell Student Union Auditorium. (Also available via livestream.)

“Parenting and Teaching: What’s the Connection in our Classrooms?”

Many teachers complain that today’s college and university students display lack of motivation, dependency, irresponsibility, and an overdeveloped sense of entitlement. Prof. Bernstein suggests that if students are different nowadays, it is because teachers have allowed them to become so. He proposes that the behavior seen in students is associated with the teaching style that they have most often encountered. Prof. Bernstein suggests that the range of teaching styles prevailing in higher education is roughly parallel to the parenting styles described by Diana Baumrind. In this talk, Prof. Bernstein will describe the dimensions along which these teaching styles differ, offer illustrative examples, and examine the underlying assumptions that practitioners of each style make about the roles, rights, and responsibilities of teachers and students. Prof. Bernstein will make a case for the teaching style that he believes is superior to the others in relation to learning outcomes, students’ personal development, and teachers’ well-being.

About Douglas Bernstein

Douglas Bernstein is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, courtesy professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, and a teaching consultant at Ecole de Psychologues Praticiens in Paris. For 30 years, he was chairman of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. He has co-authored or co-edited numerous textbooks in psychology and has contributed chapters to several books on the teaching of psychology. As a hobby, he collects student excuses.


Psychological Science Department, Teaching Commons


Anthony Barnhart, 

By: Anthony Barnhart

  • Professor Douglas Bernstein

Location: Campbell Student Union Auditorium