bell hooks: Engaged Pedagogy

Teaching to Transgress
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Who is bell hooks?
Activity: What is engaged pedagogy?
Applying a Sociological Lens
What does engaged pedagogy look like?
What does it Mean to Be a Critical Educator?
• The students will…
• Apply concepts of engaged pedagogy and multicultural education to
their own experiences.
• Engage in self-reflection of their educational journey and its influences on
their role as educators/learners.
• Understand education from a critical sociological perspective.
• The instructor will…
• Gain an understanding of the course material through dialogue, shared
narratives, and shared power.
• of shared power and recognize individual student voices.
Use “I” statements
1 diva, 1 mic (one voice at a time)
Assume good intent
Use inclusive language
“don’t yuck my yum”
Meet them where ‘they are’
Mutual respect
Step up, Step back
Context of my personal educational experience with bell hooks
Black feminist critic of "white supremacist capitalist patriarchy“
A writer, a feminist theorist, and a cultural critic
Known as one of the most accessible academics in feminist
• Her pseudonym, her great-grandmother's name, celebrates
female legacies and is in lower case because "it is the substance
of my books, not who is writing them, that is important."
• “Feminist movement created a revolution when it demanded
respect for women’s academic work, recognition of that work
past and present, and an end to gender biases in curriculum
and pedagogy.”
• Feminism is for Everyone: Passionate Politics, 2000
• Why is it necessary to talk about race?
• It is inherent within traditional models of education that teachers
have power…The question is how will you use it?
• How does our own processes of self-awareness and selfreflection influence engaged pedagogy?
• Video: cultural criticism and transformation pt 2
• Revealed features of college society that are similar to mental hospitals
• Total institution- self-contained societies that are designed to service all the
needs of the people residing within their boundaries
• All aspects of life conducted in same place under the same authority
• Authority figures have tremendous power within the institution's confines
• Total institutions are also largely self-contained and are designed so day-today interaction can occur independent of outside society
• A consequence of building structures into college society, students are
structurally discouraged from interacting with people outside of its confines
• Strongly imposed division of power lends to superiority and ability to
structure encounters
• How is the classroom a total institution?
video: cultural criticism and transformation pt 1
• Denigrates notions of wholeness and upholds idea of
mind/body split
• Encourages students and teachers to see no connection between
life practices, habits of being, and the roles of professors
• Reinforces existing systems of domination
• Positions learning as a rote assembly-line based on coercion
• Education reinforces systems of domination. What are other
systems of domination?
• How is the college a “total institution”? How will you use the
power assigned as an educator to facilitate critical dialogue
and learning environments?
• What role will self-actualization and reflection play in your
institutional pedagogy?
• How will you facilitate unlearning as a platform for holistic and
critical learning?
• How will you integrate shared narratives and shared voices in
your classroom?
• “Building common ground” or creation of collective guidelines to
build community
• Teaching gender using itunes
• Article:
• Teaching hegemony
• Article in handout:
• Adjust your rubric to reflect emphasis on participation to
encourage student voices
• Using autho ethnography to teach multiculturalism
• See handout
• “I entered the classroom with the conviction that it was crucial for me
and every other student to be an active participant, not a passive as the practice of freedom.... education that
connects the will to know with the will to become. Learning is a place
where paradise can be created.”
• hooks
• Sites for critical education
• Feminist classrooms
• Childrens’ literature
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