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PEDAGOGY


Sociology, as a paradigm for explaining human

behavior, is also a reservoir rich in pedagogical

techniques and perspectives that assist students

to situate their own biographies in an ongoing

cycle as both products and producers of social

forces.  I challenge students to recognize where

they are socially located and to closely study and

question the knowledge they gain as indicators

of particular institutions, ideologies, interests,

interactions, and identities.

 

Toward this end, my pedagogy intends to utilize

and enrich the framework of C. Wright Mills’

sociological imagination, grasping “history and

biography and the relations between the two

within society” (1959, p. 4).  The active study of

the intersection between private troubles and

public issues, must not be lost in our instruction of the discipline.  It is essential that we draw upon our own biographical histories and those of our students, if we are to properly contextualize the relationships between subjective meanings and asymmetrical social relations.

 

“The shining spark of truth cometh forth only after the clash of differing opinions.”


- ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Selections from the Writings of ‘

Abdu’l-Baha, 1982, p. 87)