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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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Advance praise for Going Inward


“In this important and scrupulously edited book, Alicia Fedelina Chávez and Susan Diana Longerbeam, along with their contributors—drawn from multiple disciplines—argue passionately and thoughtfully for the centrality of putting a strengths-based approach into our teaching in today’s multicultural and multi-ethnic classrooms. The path they advocate is one that eschews performance, skillful lecturing, and disembodied teaching but rather honors the teacher bringing into the learning context her/his whole self—culture, identity, ideals, and assumptions—and encouraging the students to do the same. Introspection is critical to this approach for it can help the teacher or students ‘discover the depth of culture, its beauty and origin, and the roots of [one’s] previously unearthed strengths, failings, and biases.’ This persuasive anthology will be of interest to those involved in education at all levels, especially in higher education; it is an essential book for those involved in working with student teachers. Embracing the message of Going Inward could well transform teaching.”

—Andrew Garrod, Professor Emeritus of Education, Dartmouth College; Co-editor of Growing Up Muslim: Muslim College Students in America Tell Their Life Stories; First Person, First Peoples: Native American College Graduates Tell Their Life Stories; Balancing Two Worlds: Asian American College Students Tell Their Life Stories; Mi Voz, Mi Vida: Latino College Students Tell Their Life Stories; Mixed: Multiracial College Students Tell Their Life Stories; Souls Looking Back: Life Stories of Growing up Black; and Crossing Customs: International Students Write on U.S. College Life and...

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