Planned Facilitation of Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom
Helping students to find respectful and culturally inclusive ways of dealing with incidents that involve the use of sexual or racial epithets, taunting, and other behavior that expresses hostility, derision, or violence is an important goal of higher education. Stacy A. S. Williams and Addrain Conyers recommend that faculty engage in critical self-reflection regarding their own identities and anticipate student resistance to difficult dialogue. This workshop will address preparing for and managing planned class discussions revolving around controversial issues. Faculty will review two class scenarios which will encompass being aware of who they and their students are, setting and rehearsing ground rules with their students, and integrating popular culture/media and humor into their discourse.
Facilitator: Dr. Angela M. Nelson, Associate Professor, Department of Popular Culture
Categories: Engagement and inclusive Pedagogy
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