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The Importance of Integrating Difficult Conversations Into Higher Education Curriculum

Abstract

Difficult topics and events arise everyday in higher education academic settings. Navigating a conversation around these trying and challenging matters is of utmost importance, but can be, as the name suggests, difficult.

The main aim of this presentation will be on how to effectively have these arduous conversations without leaving others upset or perplexed, but also to present the facts in a way that fosters teaching moments within almost any conversation and context. The aim is to help fellow scholars and professionals to recognize truth is relative. After this epiphany, having this dialogue becomes extremely more efficient. This presentation will hopefully also promote a discussion that centers itself on the importance of accepting reality and how to take responsibility for the values and personal truths we hold in these instances of necessary, honest, and often-uncomfortable conversations.

The challenge of traversing through difficult conversations is typically flaring emotions and short fuses. This presentation should positively impact how faculty and students can diminish unproductive approaches to stressful dialogues without compromising personal truths and paradigms and what exactly this would look like.

Finally, to round out this particular discussion, the importance of changing and expanding demographics within higher education classrooms does and will continue to effect these conversations. This presentation will highlight the positive implications of this expansion and will expound upon future initiatives.

Presentation Description

In academia, the importance of higher learning and how it can benefit society if we well-equip our students is always discussed. It is absolutely crucial to integrate difficult conversations into our curriculum in order to live up to the standards of transformative learning that we have set for ourselves. This presentation will reflect on the suggestion that without challenging conversations, we would be selling our students short and hindering the progression of curriculum within higher education.

Keywords

Difficult conversations, Navigating, Dialogue, Demographics, Future initiatives

Location

Magnolia Room A

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Presentation (Open Access)

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The Importance of Integrating Difficult Conversations Into Higher Education Curriculum

Magnolia Room A

Difficult topics and events arise everyday in higher education academic settings. Navigating a conversation around these trying and challenging matters is of utmost importance, but can be, as the name suggests, difficult.

The main aim of this presentation will be on how to effectively have these arduous conversations without leaving others upset or perplexed, but also to present the facts in a way that fosters teaching moments within almost any conversation and context. The aim is to help fellow scholars and professionals to recognize truth is relative. After this epiphany, having this dialogue becomes extremely more efficient. This presentation will hopefully also promote a discussion that centers itself on the importance of accepting reality and how to take responsibility for the values and personal truths we hold in these instances of necessary, honest, and often-uncomfortable conversations.

The challenge of traversing through difficult conversations is typically flaring emotions and short fuses. This presentation should positively impact how faculty and students can diminish unproductive approaches to stressful dialogues without compromising personal truths and paradigms and what exactly this would look like.

Finally, to round out this particular discussion, the importance of changing and expanding demographics within higher education classrooms does and will continue to effect these conversations. This presentation will highlight the positive implications of this expansion and will expound upon future initiatives.