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Positionality and Active Learning: Confronting Privilege in Field-Exercise Design
Journal of Geography
  • Katherine B. Hankins, Georgia State University
  • Robert A. Yarbrough, Georgia Southern University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2008
DOI
10.1080/00221340802572258
Disciplines
Abstract
University instructors are increasingly drawing on active learning exercises to engender critical thinking skills among students. In this article, we introduce the design and implementation of an active learning exercise about mobility and transportation that we assigned in an introductory human geography class at the University of Georgia. The students' responses and the survey instrument we used to assess the effectiveness of the exercise revealed disappointing results and caused us to think carefully about the role of positionality in designing active learning exercises. In this article, we argue that we need to understand privilege—particularly class privilege—in order to design effective assignments.
Citation Information
Katherine B. Hankins and Robert A. Yarbrough. "Positionality and Active Learning: Confronting Privilege in Field-Exercise Design" Journal of Geography Vol. 107 Iss. 4 (2008) p. 186 - 193
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_yarbrough/28/