Society is persistently evolving. At the same time, there are a multitude of social issues that remain unchanged or are only slowly changing. I often wonder what will be important for the future. How do I prepare students to understand important social issues that have an impact on their lives today and further down the road? In general, my approach to teaching is transformative. I create an environment that encourages students to become change agents, taking charge of improving their lives by improving societal structures that work for everyone.
This method of teaching requires students to change the way they see the world. The objective is for students to view issues from a historical to contemporary and multi-institutional perspective so they may be able to pinpoint common themes. By doing this, students are more able to uncover the realities of social injustice. Through a non-passive learning environment, student involvement is an important component of the educational process. My role is to deliver information and help students become critical participants in this process. The goal for students is to develop into advocates for change.
A key element of the learning process for me is reciprocity. When the sharing of information moves beyond one-way dissemination and involves the voices of students, true learning and empowerment takes place. Whether this happens through class discussions, group discussions, or writing assignments, students are able to share their critical reflections on how they would tend to pertinent issues. Additionally, by staying engaged with those who are making social change has proved to be worthwhile, as I find guest-speakers can enhance the dialogue. These various approaches to learning, through shared experiences and perspectives, develop the groundwork for students to become and do more. The ultimate goal is for students to walk away knowing that their investment in themselves and their education has the power to transform society.
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- Sociology of Sport
- Sport in the Local Community
- Introduction to Kinesiology
- Diversity in Sport Organizations
- Sport Psychology
- Health and Fitness Education
- Race & Ethnic Relations
- Wealth, Power, and Inequality
- Sociology of Sport
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- Introduction to Sociology
- Global Society
- Sociology of Gender
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