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Teaching Philosophy

Volume 27, Issue 4, December 2004

Carol V. A. Quinn
Pages 303-306

Moral and Pedagogical Reflections on Coming Out in the Classroom

This paper discusses issues involved with revealing one’s sexual orientation, cultural background, or religious beliefs to one’s students. The author takes a Deweyian approach to learning, where learning is an active, embedded practice rooted in life. As such, coming out in the classroom can have positive benefits for learning since the practice of revealing one’s sexual orientation to a group of students can be used to help students think philosophically about their life choices and, in addition, promote a more supportive intellectual community.

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