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  • Teaching about Race and Racism in the College Classroom: Notes from a White Professor
  • Cyndi Kernahan is a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, where she is also the assistant dean for teaching and learning in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2019
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  • Published by: West Virginia University Press
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Teaching about race and racism can be a difficult business. Students and instructors alike often struggle with strong emotions, and many people have robust preexisting beliefs about race. At the same time, this is a moment that demands a clear understanding of racism. It is important for students to learn how we got here and how racism is more than just individual acts of meanness. Students also need to understand that colorblindness is not an effective anti-racism strategy.

In this book, Cyndi Kernahan argues that you can be honest and unflinching in your teaching about racism while also providing a compassionate learning environment that allows for mistakes and avoids shaming students. She provides evidence for how learning works with respect to race and racism along with practical teaching strategies rooted in that evidence to help instructors feel more confident. She also differentiates between how white students and students of color are likely to experience the classroom, helping instructors provide a more effective learning experience for all students.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Why Is It So Hard?
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1. Naïve Understandings: How We Differ from Our Students
  2. pp. 15-41
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  1. 2. Struggling Students: How and Why Resistance Happens
  2. pp. 42-70
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  1. 3. Getting Yourself Together: Developing a Secure Teacher Identity
  2. pp. 71-98
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  1. 4. Belonging in the Classroom: Creating Moments of Positivity and Connection
  2. pp. 99-129
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  1. 5. Expectations: From Ground Rules to Growth Mindsets
  2. pp. 130-162
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  1. 6. Course Content: Problems and Solutions
  2. pp. 163-195
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  1. Conclusion and Summary of Ideas
  2. pp. 196-202
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  1. Appendix: Suggested Reading for Historical Understanding
  2. pp. 203-210
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  1. References
  2. pp. 211-224
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781949199253
Related ISBN(s)
9781949199239, 9781949199246
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OCLC
1127197591
Pages
250
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-13
Language
English
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No

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