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Going Inward

The Role of Cultural Introspection in College Teaching


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.
Contents: Susan Diana Longerbeam/Alicia Fedelina Chávez: From Cultural Story to Teaching Insight – Susan Diana Longerbeam/Alicia Fedelina Chávez: Place, Tension, Service, Difference, and Strength: How Culture Influences Teaching - Faculty Culture and Teaching Autobiographies - The Strength of Place and Its Influence on Teaching – Melissa Birkett Greene: NXSW: Cultural Legacies in Education – Judith A. Montoya: A Discovery Process: Identifying My Multicultural Roots – Jean Ann Foley: One Way Interrupted by Two-Eyed Vision – Gary Weissmann: Tapping into the Roots of My Approaches to Geoscience – Vincent Werito: Education as Our Horse: On the Path to Critical Consciousness – Katya Crawford: Roots: A Personal Cartography of Values and Teaching - The Tensions and Contradictions of Culture and Its Influence on Teaching – Leslie Oakes: A Mixed-Up History, a Divided Heart – MJR Montoya: Keeping Contradictions as a Teaching Tool: Cultural Intelligence in Content and in Practice – Kersti Tyson: Relearning Inquiry, Unlearning Judgment: The Autobiography of a Curious Girl – Susan Diana Longerbeam: Finding Community Within White Distance - In Service to Students: Developing New Ways to Teach – Alicia Fedelina Chávez: Lessons from My Family: Understanding College Teaching Through Cultural Introspection – Matías Fontenla
: Teaching Development – Gary Smith: Transformed by the Learners - From Oppression for Difference to Empowering Through Teaching – R. A. Kashanipour: Family and Geopolitics in a Culturally Alienated Society – Ricardo Guthrie: Being Multicultural Is Not a Luxury: A Strategy for Teaching and Learning in a Racist Society – T. Mark Montoya: Rage, Courage, Encourage: Citizenship in the College Classroom – Carissa Tsosie: Intersectioning Indigenous Teaching Practices and Critical Pedagogy in an Academic Classroom - The Strength of Cultural Values and Their Influence on Teaching – K. Maria D. Lane: Pros and Cons of a Cosmopolitan Classroom – Robert Neustadt: Running from Religion: Finding my Reconstructionist Academic Culture – Robin Minthorn: Strengthening Our Teaching by Honoring Our Culture – Laura Sujo-Montes: The Power of Identity – Susan Diana Longerbeam/Alicia Fedelina Chávez: Developing a Culturally Introspective Practice – Susan Diana Longerbeam/Alicia Fedelina Chávez: Reflecting into the Future.