Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Educators’ Insights on Culture Shock, Identity and Pedagogy
Chapter 3: Toward a Pedagogy of Non-Prejudice
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TOWARD A PEDAGOGY OF NON-PREJUDICE
Harley was a 33-year-old Filipino American woman who was working as an associate director of International Programs and Services at a Midwestern university when we met for our interviews. She also taught a class called “Transitions,” which was a freshman experience course designed to help newly arrived international students adjust to American culture. In addition, she also offered intercultural communication presentations not only for international students, but also for local students and community members. For her Peace Corps service, Harley taught English at the primary and secondary levels and held conversation classes for local teachers in Kazakhstan from 1999 to 2001. Additionally, she was the first volunteer to serve in the small rural village where she taught. After completing her Peace Corps service, Harley also taught English for a total of 9 years in four different countries: Thailand, Japan, Poland, and Kyrgyzstan. She recently received her PhD in Education & Human Resource Studies.
I first met Harley at a local coffee shop in the small Midwestern university town where she lived and worked. As I sat waiting for Harley in the coffee shop, I was slightly annoyed by the people at the table next to me who ← 77 | 78 → appeared to be two grandparents minding a child of about three. The grandparents kept saying things like, “What do you want to drink, Bonnie? Bonnie, do you want milk or do you want a soda? Come...
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