The Demystification of Knowledge Acquisition: Pedagogical Methodologies of Language Instruction Applied to the Teaching of Literature
Intellectual knowledge appears to be innate and privy to the few, but in fact, access to information, development of intellectual work skills, time investment, and the maintenance of intellectual appearances are key to being perceived as an intellectual.
To make education more equitable, professors must go beyond knowledge transmission and instruct students in the concrete skills of knowledge acquisition and knowledge presentation. Instruction in intellectual skills-acquisition implies the breakdown of the traditional professor-student relationship and of the academic intellectual hierarchy and professors must learn to cope with the consequences of adopting new pedagogies. If we wish to share the secrets of our professions, how do we prepare our students for such a democratic approach and at the same time maintain our professional status?
The speaker, a professor of Spanish language and literature, will present strategies for democratizing education and demystifying intellectual work through the application of skills-based language pedagogical methodologies to the teaching of literature. The implications that these strategies have for a new type of learning and the impact that they have on social stratification will also be discussed.
Keywords: Democratizing Education, Demystifying Intellectual Work, Acquisition Intellectual Knowledge Skills, Teaching Literature, Language Pedagogy
Prof. Sandra María Benedet
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Literature and Languages, Roosevelt University