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September 09th 2013:From Freud to Football: A Journey

From Freud to football, the title of this session, is suggestive of the variety of subjects that Patricia Shields will discuss. Her background as an award winning teacher and eclectic scholar should result in a variety of topics including techniques for writing research papers that lead students to creative insights, the role of astonishment and action in a fulfilling life, peacekeeping and Brendel's 4P's, how football skills can inform empirical research, Freud, efficiency and pragmatism, and how the zombie and prisoner metaphor stop students from reaching their full potential. All of these t

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Patricia M. Shields

Patricia M. Shields is a Professor of Political and Director of the Master of Public Administration Program at Texas State University. Her recent book "A Playbook for Research Methods: Integrating Conceptual Frameworks and Project Management" uses football and football coaching as a metaphor for writing research papers. Using methods explicated in the "Playbook" her students' papers have won national awards, are cited widely and have been downloaded a million times. She developed her approach as she applied John Dewey's theory of inquiry to her field (Public Administration). She has won numerous teaching awards including one from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Ad
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