A Student 's Guide For Engaging Constructively With Social Justice Content By Robin Diangelo And Ozlem Sensoy

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“Leaning In: A Student’s Guide to Engaging Constructively with Social Justice Content” by Robin DiAngelo and Özlem Sensoy which appeared in a 2009 issue of Radical Pedagogy. In this article, DiAngelo and Sensoy inform students about the possible difficulties that can arise in an academic social justice course, and steps a student should take in to achieve in the course to gain a higher understanding of the material.
DiAngelo and Sensoy tells us that it can be difficult for students to accept and understand concepts that challenge their world view. DiAngelo and Sensoy suggest that this is because students are uninformed and have strong opinions about the topics discussed within a social justice course. Never the less, it is not impossible for a student to gain a greater understanding of the world around them. DiAngelo and Sensoy give five steps to enable students to maximize their understanding gained from a social justice course. Students should: be aware that they do not know everything about a topic, recognize that having an opinion on something does not mean you are an expert on the topic, learn to dismiss the value of anecdotal evidence in favor of looking for patterns, use emotional reactions as a way to gain greater understanding of themselves, and recognize that society influences how you perceive different social issues. DiAngelo and Sensoy then discuss the short comings and irony of grading within a social justice course. In order for the grading in a course to be…

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