Reflections and Results from the Intersections: Teaching and Learning the Praxis of Intersectionality in the Psychology Classroom

  • Jen Wallin-Ruschman College of Idaho
  • Cassidy Richey
  • Alyssa Case
  • Katie Carns
Keywords: Intersectionality, Feminist Pedagogy, Critical Consciousness, Course-Based Research, Social Justice

Abstract

This article bridges multiple ways of knowing to explore the experience of an undergraduate psychology class focused on intersectionality. Drawing on feminist pedagogy, intersectionality, and critical consciousness literatures, we, the instructor and students together work to understand the experiences of the course and to offer our lessons learned. We present a detailed structure of the course, Experiences of Intersectionality, results of a qualitative analysis of students’ written course reflections, and instructor reflections. Three themes were extracted from the data: Vulnerability and Privilege, “Small Slaps in the Face,” and Empathy and Action. The discussion of the findings includes reflections from the course instructor and applications to praxis, particularly for educators.

Published
2020-08-05
How to Cite
Wallin-Ruschman, J., Richey, C., Case, A., & Carns, K. (2020). Reflections and Results from the Intersections: Teaching and Learning the Praxis of Intersectionality in the Psychology Classroom. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 12(1), 13-26. https://doi.org/10.33043/JSACP.12.1.13-26
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