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ERIC Number: EJ998126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Layers of Critical Engagement: Exploring the Intersections of Leadership, Critical Theory, and Learning
Patterson, Shawna M.
About Campus, v18 n1 p9-15 Mar-Apr 2013
In this article, the author provides a model that juxtaposes leadership, critical theory, and learning to address the needs of educators, the organization, and students. This model provides educators with a foundational approach to nurture students' critical consciousness through self-awareness and to actualize transformational change within their institution. The Layers of Critical Engagement help educators to frame and employ multiculturalism through identity development processes and contexts. College and university educators require training and exposure to experiences that will aid them in becoming self-reflective, in recognizing institutionalized otherblindness, and in manifesting productive ways in which they can serve as actively engaged advocates for change. In this regard, they position themselves within the institution as cultural workers who have successfully negotiated the application of the Layers of Engagement. Students need these cultural workers to generate genuine relationships with diverse populations and to help them develop into culturally competent citizens. The Layers of Engagement impact student learning by challenging students to construct a critically conscious lens, which empowers them to enhance their cognitive abilities and to involve themselves in implementing transformational change at the institutional, regional, and global levels. In order for this synthesis to transpire, the organization must reflect safe, inclusive, and intercultural themes. Members of the campus community should exhibit several forms of diversity, each sharing vocabulary and customs that encompass all constituencies and subcultures. This climate will foster global citizenship and will accommodate positive, sustainable change. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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