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Teaching Race. How to Help Students Unmask and Challenge Racism

  • ID: 4495058
  • Book
  • 368 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A real–world how–to manual for talking about race in the classroom

Educators and activists frequently call for the need to address the lingering presence of racism in higher education. Yet few books offer specific suggestions and advice on how to introduce race to students who believe we live in a post–racial world where racism is no longer a real issue. In Teaching Race the authors offer practical tools and techniques for teaching and discussing racial issues at predominately White institutions of higher education. As current events highlight the dynamics surrounding race and racism on campus and the world beyond, this book provides teachers with essential training to facilitate productive discussion and raise racial awareness in the classroom. A variety of teaching and learning experts provide insights, tips, and guidance on running classroom discussions on race. They present effective approaches and activities to bring reluctant students into a consideration of race and explore how White teachers can model racial awareness, thereby inviting students into the process of examining their own white identity.

Racism, whether evident in overt displays or subconscious bias, has repercussions that reverberate far beyond the campus grounds. As the cultural climate increasingly calls out for more research, education, and dialogue on race and racism, this book helps teachers spotlight issues related to race in a way that leads to effective classroom and campus conversation. The book provides guidance on how to:

  • Create the conditions that facilitate respectful racial dialogue by building trust and effectively negotiating conflict
  • Uncover each student s own subconscious bias and the intersectionality that exists even in the most homogenous–appearing classrooms
  • Help students embrace discomfort, and adapt discussion methods to accommodate issues of race and positionality
  • Avoid common traps, mistakes, and misconceptions encountered in anti–racist teaching

Predominantly White institutions face a number of challenges in dealing with race issues, including a lack of precedence, an absence of modeling by campus leaders, and little clear guidance on how teachers can identify and challenge racism on campus. Teaching Race is packed  with activities, suggestions and exercises to provide practical real–world help for teachers trying to introduce race in class

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About the Authors


Chapter 1: The Dynamics of Teaching RaceStephen Brookfield

Chapter 2: Guidelines for Whites Teaching WhitenessGeorge Yancy

Chapter 3: Teaching Whiteness in Predominantly White ClassroomsSusan Hadley

Chapter 4: Creating a Brave Space Classroom through WritingLucia Pawloski

Chapter 5: Teaching Intersectionality through I Am FromMike Klein

Chapter 6: Building Trust and Negotiating Conflict When Teaching RacePamela E. Barnett

Chapter 7: Creating the Conditions for Racial DialoguesLisa R. Merriweather, Elaine Manglitz, and Talmadge C. Guy

Chapter 8: Developing Working Alliances with StudentsConsuelo E. Cavalieri, Bryana H. French, and Salina M. Renninger

Chapter 9: Forming Classroom Communities to Help Students Embrace DiscomfortBuffy Smith

Chapter 10: Adapting Discussion Methods to Teach RaceStephen Brookfield

Chapter 11: Teaching Against ColorblindnessWendy Yanow

Chapter 12: Helping Students Uncover PositionalityDianne Ramdeholl and Jaye Jones

Chapter 13: Using Digital Storytelling to Unearth Racism and Galvanize ActionMary E. Hess

Chapter 14: Examining Mistakes to Advance Anti–Racist TeachingBobbi Smith

Chapter 15: Avoiding Traps and Misconceptions in Teaching RaceStephen Brookfield



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