April 30, 2010
Dr. John Farris, Harris Chair in Oklahoma Baptist University's Division of Teacher Education, recently spoke to approximately 15 Bay-area schools during a two-day symposium at the University of California, Berkeley. Farris also serves as director of teacher education and associate professor of education at OBU.
Farris's lecture, titled "Applications of Neurobiology to Pedagogical Indicators," addressed the pedagogical efforts of teaching within a standard-based instructional format relevant to natural neural systems.
"My concentration addressed two areas: the fear issues within the context of the classroom using natural learning instruction techniques and applying the information from neurobiology to pedagogical indicators," Farris said.
The Lawrence Hall of Science hosted the symposium and featured speakers from across the country. While at the symposium, Farris had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Joseph LeDoux from New York, author of "The Emotional Brain and the Synaptic Self."
"LeDoux's work focuses on the biological underpinnings of memory and emotion, especially the mechanisms of fear," Farris said.
While at the event, Farris also had the opportunity to distribute information regarding OBU to interested administrators and board members.
Farris earned a bachelor's degree at Fresno State College, a master's degree at California State University and his doctorate in education at University of the Pacific. Hejoined the OBU faculty during the 2004-05 academic year. Before coming to OBU, he worked as a director of teacher education and the graduate program for a Kentucky college. He has served in the public school arena as a middle school and high school teacher, middle school learning director, middle school assistant principal, high school principal and Christian school superintendent.
As an educator, Farris said his underlying passion and goal is not to be teaching people to just know what they do not know, but for his students to behave differently, reflecting the greater accuracy of information acquired and better ways of evaluating and interpreting that information into their own future classrooms.