TE05 | Inquiry, Social Justice, and Critical Thinking in the Evergreen Classroom | Nancy Koppelman | Shangrila Joshi
Evergreen’s Mission Statement says that the college “emphasizes collaborative, interdisciplinary learning across significant differences,” and “benefits from local and global commitment to social justice.” What happens when significant differences include conflicting ideas about social justice? This institute is an opportunity to consider the challenges of maintaining commitments to inquiry, tolerance, and mutual respect when teaching and learning about social justice. We will explore the relationship between activism and inquiry. We’ll discuss synergies and tensions between ideologically-driven pedagogy, on the one hand, and those that cultivate students’ curiosity, critical faculties, and understanding, and to deepen and diversify their funds of knowledge. We will critically examine situations in our classrooms that mitigate against maintaining an environment of mutually respectful learning across significant differences. Participants will prepare on their own by using a half-day of institute time to view prerecorded presentations and read case studies and other selected texts. Our time together will be spent in discussion.