ERIC Number: EJ782736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 2
The Challenge of Teaching for Diversity in the College Classroom when the Professor Is the "Other"
Garner, Pamela W.
Teaching in Higher Education, v13 n1 p117-120 Feb 2008
In this essay, the author draws on her experience as a minority teacher conducting a course called "Neighborhood, Community, and Identity" to outline some important lessons for minority teachers attempting to teach diversity: (1) When teaching dissident material, it is especially important to create a classroom climate that encourages all students to bring their authentic selves to the classroom, and that the instructor work hard to bring his or her whole self to the classroom; (2) It is important to view any film scheduled to be shown in class ahead of time; and (3) Instructors must conceptualize themselves as people and not just facilitators of classroom discussions, and realize that if they are an "other" in any way, it may be difficult to ignore their own negative feelings in a classroom context.
Descriptors: Minority Group Teachers, Classroom Environment, Cultural Pluralism, College Faculty, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Educational Principles, Teaching Methods, Instructional Films, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Bias, Social Attitudes, Consciousness Raising, College Instruction, Multicultural Education, American Indians, African American Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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