ERIC Number: EJ810932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
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Reference Count: 8
The Point of Conflict: Risking Worth through the Multiple Potentialities of Reflected Selves
Weddington, Hank S.
Multicultural Perspectives, v10 n2 p110-114 Apr 2008
This article adopts an existentialist lens to examine the phenomenon of entering conflict with other human beings and the potential effects of such engagement on identity. In particular, it explores a teacher's active engagement (or lack thereof) in conflict as a response to the humiliation or degradation of a student. The comfort of a secure current identity and the risk that conflict poses to such an identity is posited as both the catalyst and barrier to active engagement. The point of conflict presents the teacher with a choice between self-protection and courageous sacrifice. This article attempts to expose the under-workings of such a decision through the use of narrative, depicting a situation of potential conflict between teacher and student.
Descriptors: Conflict, Culturally Relevant Education, Cultural Pluralism, Teacher Student Relationship, Multicultural Education, Culture Conflict, Identification, Teacher Education
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