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ERIC Number: EJ1216852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Integrating Critical and Trans-Affirming Pedagogies in Argumentation and Debate: A Heuristic Narrative
Mapes, Meggie
Communication Teacher, v33 n3 p207-214 2019
Courses: Storytelling, persuasion, gender and communication, argumentation and debate. Objectives: In this essay, I map a unit-specific activity for an undergraduate class in argumentation and debate. I argue for the integration of a trans-affirming pedagogy as a key rhetorical frame in communication studies courses. Such pedagogical commitments push instructors to integrate a critical communication methodology while challenging structures that continue mitigating trans experiences, embedding critical interrogation of systemic injustice. Borrowing from LeMaster (Discontents of being and becoming fabulous on: Queer criticism in neoliberal times. "Women's Studies in Communication" 2015;32:167-186. DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2014.988776), I use trans heuristically, whereby "trans and transgender are not necessarily intended exclusively as identities… In this way, trans and transgender have two functions: as heuristics and as identities" (p. 169). Thus, as a pedagogical approach, a trans sensibility extends instruction methods to consider, criticize, and analyze binaries of thought, mundane performances of identity, and unlikely communicative phenomena that "get at gender in unsuspecting ways" (LeMaster, B., & Mapes, M. Transing priestly performances: Re-reading gender potentiality in Erdrich's the last report on the miracles at little no horse. In S. Howard (Ed.), "Critical articulations of race, gender, and sexual orientation." Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2014, pp. 161-177). Using an activity from the unit "Argumentation with and as Narrative," I draw on Enke (Enke responds to Nakamura. In V. Muñoz & E. K. Garrison (Eds), Transpedagogies: A roundtable discussion. "Women's Studies Quarterly" 2008;36:288-308. DOI: 10.1353/wsq.0.0093) to ask, "How do we engage with the privileged spaces we occupy as trans and nontrans educators as a way to build alliances that are liberatory rather than oppressive to one another?" (p. 303).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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