Title

Access This! Pedagogies and Politics for Educational Justice

Document Type

Session

Publication Date

10-28-2010

Abstract

This presentation is a round table dialogue about the opportunities and challenges of teaching and learning for justice at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). UHD was founded in 1975 in the wake of the educational initiatives of the Civil Rights Era, and is today one of the last open-admissions universities in the nation, and the last in Texas. Discussion is on the centrality of race and class in the classrooms, specifically the impact of the curricular choices on the diverse student population and the dynamic dialogues that ensue. This interdisciplinary round table addresses the ways UHD’s pedagogical practices are shaped by tensions between individual and institutional commitments to educational justice and legislative mandates that undermine their mission. Also presented are curricular initiatives that interrogate the neutrality of received knowledge, the impact of non-traditional instructional delivery systems on student success, as well as practices inspired by radical pedagogy.