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ERIC Number: EJ879873
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0884-1233
Safe Space Oddity: Revisiting Critical Pedagogy
Redmond, Melissa
Journal of Teaching in Social Work, v30 n1 p1-14 2010
Inspired by an incident in a social work graduate classroom in which she was a teaching assistant, the author reflects on her commitment to constructivist teaching methods, critical theory, and critical pedagogy. Exploring the educational utility of notions such as public space and safe space, the author employs this personal experience to examine the roles played by ideology and concertive control in (re)creating societal power imbalances--with surprising results. Finally, rather than attempting to avoid inherent classroom tensions through rhetoric ("safe space") or repeatedly finding herself shocked and ill-prepared for the inevitable facilitation of emotional topics teaching requires, the author posits that the role of the educator may be to maintain these tensions while embracing a "pedagogy of discomfort" (M. Boler, 1999). (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A