Bringing Students into the Matrix: A Framework and Tools for Teaching Race and Overcoming Student Resistance

  • Abby FerberEmail author


Teaching about race in the U.S today presents unique challenges that faculty are often ill equipped to address. This chapter will examine the contemporary context in which we teach, examining the ideology of color-blindness, as well as recent theorizing about race that examines issues of privilege, as well as intersectionality. I then present a framework for re-conceptualizing how we teach about race, that reflects both the theoretical developments in the field, as well as the pedagogical challenges we encounter, including student resistance. Finally, I argue that we must take seriously the emotional baggage students bring with them, and I provide a number of specific tools and strategies to accompany this framework.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ColoradoColorado SpringsUSA

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