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ERIC Number: EJ853706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1368-4868
Experiencing the Other as the Self: Cultural Diversity Courses as Liberating Praxis
Owens, Pamela Jean
Teaching Theology & Religion, v8 n4 p245-252 Oct 2005
In response to our increasingly global and multicultural world, undergraduate degree plans have come to include courses, which meet the "Diversity" requirement. While "diversity" may have a variety of definitions, clearly the educational institution believes that all students earning a degree should complete course work that exposes them to cultures not their own. Courses that fulfill Diversity requirements often include "Introduction to World Religions," among others. Even a traditional-style teaching of such a course will accomplish a certain degree of "broadening" of students' perspectives. The risk, however, is that at the end of the course the students are simply better informed about sets of people whom they would still objectify as the "other." This article describes an experiential method of teaching which enables students to begin to change their consciousness, as well as their body of information, by learning to experience the other as "self." The author calls this the "identification/participation method."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A