Radical Pedagogy (2014)
Volume 11 Issue 1
Leaning In: A Student’s Guide to Engaging Constructively with Social Justice Content
Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.
Department of Education
Westfield State University
Westfield, MA USA
Özlem Sensoy, Ph.D.
Faculty of Education
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC Canada
As educators who teach
social justice education, we often struggle with student resistance to
new and challenging critical frameworks. In this essay, we address
students directly and offer guidelines for constructive engagement.
These guidelines address common barriers such as: lack of intellectual
humility, conflating opinions with informed knowledge, relying on
anecdotal evidence, inattentiveness to positionality, and valuing grades
over comprehension. The essay includes vignettes and examples that
illustrate each of these guidelines, as well as a glossary and
discussion questions that can be taken up in class.
Keywords: social justice education, learning strategies, student