Exploring Boundaries: Personal Experiences in Teaching Difficult Subject Matter

Donna C Giuliani, Pauline S Acosta, Brigitte Helene Bechtold, Amanda Garrison

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Abstract

Racism. Domestic violence. How can personal experience be used to discuss difficult sociological concepts in the classroom? The purpose of this paper is to discuss how we personally acknowledge, maintain, construct and use power boundaries between teacher and student in the classroom in order to illustrate difficult concepts and make them more accessible to students. For example, using personal experiences related to gender violence or racial discrimination when appropriate contributes to an uncomfortable space, and it is this uncomfortable space which helps make social problems visible to students—allowing them the opportunity to see that social problems are real and exist within all social locations.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - Apr 13 2012
EventNorth Central Sociological Association Annual Conference - Pittsburgh PA
Duration: Apr 13 2012Apr 13 2012

Conference

ConferenceNorth Central Sociological Association Annual Conference
Period04/13/1204/13/12

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