Title

Critical Conversations Through Curricular Invitations

First Presenter's Institution

University of Georgia

Second Presenter's Institution

NA

Third Presenter's Institution

NA

Fourth Presenter's Institution

NA

Fifth Presenter's Institution

NA

Location

Harborside East & West

Strand #1

Family & Community

Relevance

This study was facilitated at The Awesome Clubhouse @ La Escuelita which is University-Community sponsored educational space. This directly connects to the Family and Community strand.

Brief Program Description

In this session participants will learn how to utilize the pedagogical tool of Curricular Invitations to explore critical topics of conversations. It will provide teachers, community educators and parents a great resource that can create safe pedagogical spaces for critical conversation.

Summary

Understanding the world, through giving support in understanding critical issues around race, gender and class is not only essential for children’s development, it is, in my opinion, an essential part of teaching them language that will combat patterns of bias and prejudice that continue to occur within the realities around them. Race, gender and class issues are often times considered taboo and thus perpetuates a very hands-off approach to discussing issues that are very visible in every day reality of many children. This session seeks to share tools for creating a pedagogical space to encourage young children to think and dialogue about the assumptions they hold personally in connection to the topic, and the ways those views have implications on others different around them.

Evidence

Curricular Invitations are tools that can be used by community educators, teachers and parents to explore a special topic from a variety of different perspectives and avenues. In organizing a Curricular Invitation, one would gather resources from different sources (i.e. books, online resources, art images, visuals, etc.) to help unpack the different perspectives and ideas behind the critical topic that is explored. When compiling the resources for the Curricular Invitation around race, I utilized historical and present day literature that was age appropriate for the girls participating. Images of different types of people were represented to encourage dialogue around perception, stereotypes and bias.

Van Sluys, K. (2005). What If and Why?

Meyer, R. & Whitmore, K. (). Reclaiming Reading: Teachers, Students and Researchers Regaining Spaces

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

TARYRN BROWN is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include adolescent girls’ and young mothers’ experiences with schooling

Keyword Descriptors

Curricular Invitations, Critical Conversations, Race, Class, Gender

Presentation Year

2017

Start Date

3-7-2017 4:00 PM

End Date

3-7-2017 5:30 PM

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Critical Conversations Through Curricular Invitations

Harborside East & West

In this session participants will learn how to utilize the pedagogical tool of Curricular Invitations to explore critical topics of conversations. It will provide teachers, community educators and parents a great resource that can create safe pedagogical spaces for critical conversation.