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Title: Teaching Conservatives, Liberals, AND Libertarians: A Conversation About Opening Learners to More Pluralistic Views of Academic Content
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Authors: Katherine Greenberg (khgreen@utk.edu)
      Educational Psychology & Counseling, University of Tennessee, United States

Deepa Deshpande (ddeshpan@vols.utk.edu)
      Educational Psychology & Counseling, University of Tennessee,

Karen Franklin (kfrankl3@vols.utk.edu)
      Educational Psychology & Counseling, , United States

Neil Greenberg (ngreenbe@utk.edu)
      Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, , United States

Brenda Murphy (bmurph15@vols.utk.edu)
      Educational Psychology & Counseling, University of Tennessee, United States

Kristina Plaas (beadntat@yahoo.com)
      Nursing, University of Tennessee, United States

Howard Pollio (marpollio@aol.com)
      Psychology, University of Tennessee, United States

Brian Sohn (bsohn@vols.utk.edu)
      Educational Psychology & Counseling, University of Tennessee, United States

Sandra Thomas (sthomas@utk.edu)
      Nursing, University of Tennessee, United States

Abstract: As instructors, our ultimate goal is to awaken students to the pleasures and advantages of mastery and a deep understanding of our content. Ideas emerging from neuroscience; biology; social, moral, and evolutionary psychology, all indicate the natural state of humans is to develop worldviews that bind and blind (Haidt, 2012). So, how can we help students go beyond merely memorizing content and regurgitating it back to us? How can we help students engage in transformative learning that broadens their understanding of our academic content and the world? In this conversation session, we will look at the content we teach beyond our own passion for it—and explore ways to open students to more pluralistic views of content. Depending upon the academic fields of participants we might explore the following: How can we help students with conservative religious worldviews open themselves to the study of evolution? How can we help students with liberal worldviews of economic stimulation open themselves to the need to explore non-Western views of capitalism? How can we help students with libertarian views open themselves to sociological issues of share responsibility for poverty? While this session should not digress into a focus on politics and religion, we hope all who participate will gain insights into assumptions underlying our own worldviews about higher education pedagogy and the academic content we teach.
Full Proposal: 2-page proposal file
Presentation Files: File 1: presentation-1997-1.pptx (download)
File 2: presentation-1997-2.docx (download)
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