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ERIC Number: ED346510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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When You Aren't and They Are.
Gardner, Mary
The lack of separation, in the mind of the teacher, of self from student is a common, though dangerous, phenomenon. The underlying assumption is that teachers and their students are really the same, but that students are betraying that supposed sameness by not performing satisfactorily. But students, being different from their teachers, have different needs, and the recognition of this is the key insight that allows teachers to truly teach. Personal experiences, including a daughter's disclosure to her mother that she is a lesbian, a Vietnamese medical student's holding to ethnic beliefs, and a realization that "Hiawatha" is a sentimental and demeaning picture of Indians, function as epiphanies of awareness of the otherness of human beings. In the light of such personal revelations, teachers should become more aware of their limited perspectives. At the same time, they can focus more attention on the uniqueness of their students and the nature of these student's true identities and needs. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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