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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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Names: Longerbeam, Susan Diana, editor. | Chávez, Alicia Fedelina, editor. Title: Going inward: the role of cultural introspection in college teaching / edited by Susan Diana Longerbeam, Alicia Fedelina Chávez. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016. Series: Higher ed: questions about the purpose(s) of colleges and universities, vol. 25 | ISSN 1523-9551 Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2016005930 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3104-2 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3103-5 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1849-4 (e-book) Subjects: LCSH: College teaching—Social aspects—United States. Culturally relevant pedagogy—United States. | Introspection. Classification: LCC LB2331 .G65 2016 | DDC 378.1/25—dc23 LC record available at

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