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Ftis prefereflce for opinion over informed edgagement

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'ftis prefereflce for opinion over informed eDgagement olien surfaces in small-group work. For rnost instructors, the goal ofsmall-group work is for stu- dents to struggle through dilficult ideas with others in order to deepen under standing of the concept under study. In addition to the specific pro,npts and questions that the instructor has given, all ofthe following could be tnkeD l.lp itr . Readingthrough the text together . Asking clarifying questions ofeach other . Makins conDections toother readings . I(ltntilyinBkcyconceptsandde6ninsterms
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. Generating examples that illustrate the conceprs under study . Identirying patterns . Developing questions . QuestioninS relationships betw€€n .oncepts . Discussing the implications for your own Iif€ and work . Identirying and discussing favorite passages . Ideotirying and discussingchallengingpaslages . Practicing arliculating the ideas inrroduced in the course in order to clarifythe ideas and in.reas€ your comforr discussing them with otheri From an academic perspective. a small group should never be.Aone about dy topic they aregiven. PriDciple 3: tet 90 of aDecdotat eviden.e and examine patternr. had to 6ll a quotal' Because mainstream education and media seldom teaches howsocial inequality works, most ofrheevidencewe r€ly on to understand issu.r ofsocialiustice is superficial and anecdotal. dotalevid€nce isevidencedrawn from hearsay or limil€d personal experience. For example, many of us have heard something similar ro, .My cousin tried to g€t . jobat the pap€r miU, but theyhired an unqualitied Btackguy insread because ihcy TlIe goals ofcollege and university €tasses are to expand your ability ro makr sens€ of"everyday" events, issu€s, and incidences; in otherwords, to ofFer new and more complex sense-making syste s. One ofthe mor€ important academi€ sk lr a student can d€velop is the ability to apply a new sense making framework to something they.urrently make sens€ ofusing anoth€r frameworlc For examplc, imagine that you have pain in your leg and go to your doctor. you doctor would lik€ly exanine your leg, feel the bones and muscles, .nd p€rhaps take X-rays to identiry the problem.Il, however you went to an alternative (from a West€rn per- speciive) medical practitioner Guch as a doctor oftradit'onal Chinese m€dicine), she might have a completely differ€nr way of examining your symptom. She may begin by looking at your tongue and examining other pans ofyour body. A chiro, practor might not examineyour legat all. but insread begin work on your spine Ifw€ are srudying how humans understand the body and conceptualize heal- ing, then we are less int€rested in which practitioner is "right,andwhi€h is "wrong" in their approacb to your pain. We are more interested in the sense-rnaking frami- work each practitioner uses, and what that framework otrers us in terms oiunaar- standinghow the body works and how humans conc€ptuatize iltness and heating, In the context ofcdtical social iustice, we offer a new scnse making framework th.ough which to understand how sociery works.
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