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ERIC Number: EJ835852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Teaching Sensitive Issues: Feminist Pedagogy and the Practice of Advocacy-Based Counseling
Durfee, Alesha; Rosenberg, Karen
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v19 n2 p103-121 2009
In the authors' experience, most instructors have dealt with a student "crisis" in some form. When a paper is late, an assignment incomplete, an exam missed, or a lecture skipped, students seeking special accommodations from instructors frequently share (often unsolicited) intimate details about their personal lives. College instructors are increasingly faced with these situations. In this article, the authors discuss how instructors can assist and empower students in crisis using the Advocacy-Based Counseling (ABC) perspective. This praxis, developed by battered women's advocates to inform their work with survivors of intimate partner violence, emphasizes the importance of listening to students, as well as identifying and addressing safety concerns. The authors also discuss the necessary limits of the instructor's role in these situations, and how to communicate those limits to students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Praxis Series