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ERIC Number: EJ1006553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
"Hopping on the Tips of a Trident": Two Graduate Students of Color Reflect on Teaching Critical Content at Predominantly White Institutions
Waring, Chandra D. L.; Bordoloi, Samit Dipon
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v22 n2 p108-124 2012
In this article, the authors capture the complexity of being a marginalized individual with institutional authority who encourages students to question all levels of power; simultaneously, they are acutely aware of the social implications of students challenging their authority, their intellectual aptitude, and their critical orientation. They also outline techniques that they have developed through trial and error that they hope to impart on fellow critical educators from marginalized backgrounds, with particular attention paid to graduate instructors. Their title, "hopping on the tips of a trident" refers to their attempt to conceptualize the unique experience of facing three concurrent challenges: teaching critical content, being minorities, and being graduate instructors. Their seek to characterize the distinct reality that these co-existing challenges create and hope to contribute to the race, gender, and pedagogy scholarship. As academia becomes more diverse, understanding the unique experiences of women, racial minorities, and graduate students will improve the academic environment and, ultimately, enrich everyone's experience in higher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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