Power Dancing: Internalizing the Truth of Critical Pedagogy
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
Dr. Susan M. Leist
Professor, English, SUNY College
Dr. Stanley Kardonsky
Vice President, Finance and Management, Buffalo State College