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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 Nineteen: Intersectioning Indigenous Teaching Practices and Critical Pedagogy in an Academic Classroom


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Intersectioning Indigenous Teaching Practices AND Critical Pedagogy IN AN Academic Classroom


Library Northern Arizona University

I am a Navajo woman, born and raised in Arizona, a product of the public school system. I hold two bachelor’s degrees, one in anthropology and one in history from Northern Arizona University in 2003. I earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Arizona in 2011. I am currently working on a second master’s degree in history, also at Northern Arizona University. I spent my early childhood in Ganado, Arizona, where I attended the Ganado Primary School to the second grade. I enjoyed my time in Ganado. I learned so much from playing in the Pueblo Colorado Wash that wound lazily through my grandmother’s land. Ganado is my grandmother’s ancestral home, but she did not live there her whole life. She left home at the age of 13 to attend the Sherman Institute in Riverside, California. Since she was an older student, she was trained at this school to do housework so that she could get a job as a maid when she finished her program. She lived in several different states, got married, and had five children before moving her family back to her hometown of Ganado. Starting out as a candy-striper, she eventually worked her way into a nursing position at Sage Memorial Hospital in that town. She worked there until her...

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