Lisa Rathje blogs for Arts Education Partnership

Apr 16, 2018

Supporting Student Agency, Engagement and Success Through Inclusive Folk Arts Pedagogy

As a folklorist, I know that narratives based in racism, sexism and other ideologies of power and control act insidiously (and often invisibly) in our schools and communities to create fear and division. In an effort to create safe spaces in classrooms across the country for learners from all walks of life, inclusive folk arts pedagogy can facilitate greater understanding between students and educators of many cultural backgrounds.

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