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ERIC Number: EJ782720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Teaching Note: Gaining Voice through Silence
Kaufman, Peter
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v18 n2 p169-171 2008
For educators striving to create an egalitarian classroom based on open, reflexive, and honest dialogue, silence can be the ultimate obstacle. Not only does silence stifle individual expression; more importantly, silence also prevents the collective production of knowledge, understanding, compassion, and empathy. When learners and teachers feel inhibited to give voice to their experiences, when they feel uncomfortable naming their world to others, when they worry about the interpersonal repercussions of contributing to the discourse, the possibility of the classroom as a site of personal and social transformation suffers. As a teacher committed to critical and feminist pedagogy, the author is continually seeking ways to break the silence of the classroom. He strives to create learning strategies that offer all students a safe space to voice their views and share their experiences. In this article, he describes one strategy that he has been using for the past few years--the "Silent Discussion." The silent discussion works on multiple levels to ensure that all students gain their voice.
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Language: English
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