This book offers educational and psychological perspectives to inform practice and increase options in addressing conflict situations. The first part of the book helps the educator understand the reasons for resistance and ways to prevent it. The second part explains how educators motivate dominant groups to support social justice. This book is an excellent resource for group facilitators, counselors, trainers in classrooms and workshops, professors, teachers, higher education personnel, community educators, and other professionals involved with educating others about diversity and equity.
Chapter 9: Issues for Educators
Issues for Educators
Throughout the book, I have reiterated the importance of creating a safe and confirming environment, of offering appropriate challenge, and of embodying respect and acceptance. As I have said numerous times, our own perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors are central to our educational effectiveness. Yet thus far, the primary focus has been on gaining insight into the students or people we work with. Characteristics of privileged groups, various developmental theories, reasons for resistance, motivations for supporting social justice, and how these affect educational strategies or pedagogy have been discussed. I've emphasized how more knowledge and insight about our students allows us to be better educators. However, our students are not the only ones we need to understand. So I now turn ...