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Going Inward

The Role of Cultural Introspection in College Teaching


Edited By Susan Diana Longerbeam and Alicia Fedelina Chávez

Going Inward is a pragmatic text for faculty in all disciplines who desire to deepen their reflection on teaching. Through the culturally introspective writings of faculty in a variety of academic disciplines, readers will gain a deeper understanding of faculty cultural influences on college teaching and student learning. This book introduces readers to cultural self-reflection as a powerful tool for insight into how our values and beliefs from our cultural and familial upbringing influence our teaching practice. Cultural self-reflection is a process for generating insights and empathy toward serving students from backgrounds and cultures both similar to and different from one’s own. The integrated design of the book’s three parts – cultural introspection, faculty culture and teaching autobiographies, and developing a culturally introspective practice – makes this book helpful to teaching faculty and academic administrators.
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Chapter Eight: Roots: A Personal Cartography of Values and Teaching


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A Personal Cartography of Values and Teaching


Landscape Architecture University of New Mexico

In 1967, on the island of Crete, a 30-year-old American writer and a 34-year-old Australian journalist meet. The American is well educated, having gone to the University of Chicago, the Sorbonne in Paris, and finally Berkeley for a master’s degree in English literature. He has published his first novel and sold the movie rights. Young and quite well-off, he buys a Mercedes. For him, this is less a status symbol than a love and appreciation for a beautifully made machine. His parents live in a suburb of San Diego. His father is a shop teacher and his mother an elementary teacher and painter. His grandparents and mother (she was three) migrated from Germany, and his father migrated from Canada, and before that Scotland. They believed in hard work, education, and the American Dream.

The Australian dropped out of school at 16 to start her early career as a journalist. She believed that education took place in the world, not necessarily in the classroom. At the age of 21 she moved to London and got a job with the J. Arthur Rank Organization. She interviewed the likes of Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and blossoming stars such as Michael Caine. She is warm, fearless, and outgoing. Her mother taught her to “live in...

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