Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Week 15 Discussion Questions

In the articles "Teaching Sensitive Issues: Feminist Pedagogy and the Practice of Advocacy-Based Counseling" by Alesha Durfa and "Dangerous Responses" by Cox and Tirabassi, the teacher and advocate counselor are both protectors and nurturers of students by adopting different strategies such as self-disclosing painful experiences, feelings, and vulnerabilities, attentive listening, maintaining confidentiality, refusing to control the student by taking up a decision maker role, and trusting the students integrity.
Educators invest a lot in emotional labor, what can be done when a teacher's spirit and attitude becomes pessimized by students who abuse their careful reactions to sensitive issues? How should educators react when frustrated students exploit their holistic approach to create an oppressive environment for other students?

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