Proposal Title

Pulling Apart, Weaving Together: Pedagogical Considerations for Facilitating White Poor and Working Class Student Engagement in Anti-Oppressive Learning Opportunities

Presentation Type

Regular Presentation

Location

OM 3772

Start Date

18-2-2020 11:10 AM

End Date

18-2-2020 11:50 AM

Proposal Abstract

Scholars have shown that elite whites and progressive political movements commonly vilify members of white poor and working class communities. Deficit thinking about white poor and working class students can have implications for how they are situated in relation to intercultural, inclusive, and decolonizing learning opportunities. In this presentation, I weave together anti-oppressive social and educational scholarship, autoethnographic reflections, and empirical data to argue for a more complex understanding of such students’ negotiations of educational power dynamics. I contend that the complexity and ambiguity of these students’ positionalities may create important, often overlooked alignments with anti-oppressive pedagogies – even as such students are fully imbricated within broader oppressive power dynamics. I consider strategies for tapping into white poor and working class students’ lived experiences in ways that enhance their capacities for engaging in inclusive, equitable and decolonizing learning opportunities. I emphasize the value of cultural safety approaches and of considering all students’ intercultural capacities when implementing anti-oppressive pedagogies.

Statement

In keeping with current trends that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in post-secondary education, this presentation seeks to open up opportunities for exploring and engaging in anti-oppressive education by connecting with more students. Doing this work locally is important in a time of increasing global polarization, xenophobia, and mass migration. It also forwards the goals of Indigenization by calling on all educators and students to engage in decolonizing education and everyday practices.

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Pulling Apart, Weaving Together: Pedagogical Considerations for Facilitating White Poor and Working Class Student Engagement in Anti-Oppressive Learning Opportunities

OM 3772

Scholars have shown that elite whites and progressive political movements commonly vilify members of white poor and working class communities. Deficit thinking about white poor and working class students can have implications for how they are situated in relation to intercultural, inclusive, and decolonizing learning opportunities. In this presentation, I weave together anti-oppressive social and educational scholarship, autoethnographic reflections, and empirical data to argue for a more complex understanding of such students’ negotiations of educational power dynamics. I contend that the complexity and ambiguity of these students’ positionalities may create important, often overlooked alignments with anti-oppressive pedagogies – even as such students are fully imbricated within broader oppressive power dynamics. I consider strategies for tapping into white poor and working class students’ lived experiences in ways that enhance their capacities for engaging in inclusive, equitable and decolonizing learning opportunities. I emphasize the value of cultural safety approaches and of considering all students’ intercultural capacities when implementing anti-oppressive pedagogies.