Power Dancing: Internalizing the Truth of Critical Pedagogy

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The presenters are a longtime teaching team, a scientist and a humanist. Their presentation will demonstrate strategies for actualized power sharing among the classroom community. Such actualization of power sharing in a classroom community is a difficult process for both teachers and students since both are often inhibited by the hierarchical nature of traditional classroom structures. These presenters will demonstrate through audience participation in role plays some strategies they have eclectically assembled during eight years of team teaching to gently effect shared student and instructor responsibility for learning/teaching. They include “research at the point of utterance”, “classroom rules debate”, “on demand lecture”, and “grassroots issue articulation”. All of these strategies are easily learned; all are profound in their generative influence on pedagogy.


Keywords: Teaching, Critical Pedagogy, Learning Communities
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: 60 minute Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Susan M. Leist

Professor, English, SUNY College
Buffalo,, New York, USA

Dr. Susan Leist lives and works in Buffalo, NY. Her doctorate is from the University of Virginia. She is the author of four books on teaching. Her special interest is in using writing to teach. She writes poetry now and then, and she has held several responsible positions on her campus. Her best self exists in the classroom. She is the parent of three adults. She enjoys travel and reading.

Dr. Stanley Kardonsky

Vice President, Finance and Management, Buffalo State College
Buffalo, NY, USA


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