American Association of Philosophy Teachers Studies in Pedagogy

Volume 3, 2017

Inclusive Pedagogies

Cathleen Muller
Pages 72-86

Journaling and Pre-Theoretical Discussion as Inclusive Pedagogy

When one thinks about inclusive pedagogy, it is tempting to focus solely on adding more diverse voices to one’s syllabus. While this technique is valuable and important, one can also promote inclusivity by encouraging and supporting the diverse voices of one’s own students. In this paper, I argue that two practices—low-stakes journal assignments and the pre-theoretical discussion of student thoughts about a topic before any readings have been assigned—promote inclusivity by encouraging and supporting a wide range of perspectives in the classroom, because such methods foster the students’ individual voices, experiences, and beliefs and demonstrate that they are valued and respected.

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