Helped students to interpret subject matter from diverse perspectives

Helping students interpret your course matter from perspectives other than their own is a way to not only improve understanding and social awareness but to also deepen understanding of course concepts.

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Get in the habit of sprinkling-in, “how would you see this issue if you were _______” questions throughout your courses. “How would you see the gun control issue if you were an older American living alone?” Or, “How would you see the minimum wage issue if you were from a wealthy family?” Asking students to frequently consider a point-of-view that might be different from their own can lead to deeper thinking about the topic and challenge assumptions. You do not necessarily have to have a definitive answer yourself about how each perspective might be different, but just considering the perspective as a class can yield useful dialogue. Keep in mind, too, that there are many different sources of different perspectives beyond the typical demographic differences. Small town versus city versus rural perspectives, college-educated versus non-college perspectives, blue collar versus white collar, single versus married, apartment dwellers versus single family home owners, etc.

Remember that this is just an example of how to get started
 with this Teaching Method.



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