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7 October 2015
Teaching and Learning Seminar Elmarie Costandius

The Directorate of Teaching and Learning and the Faculty of Arts Seminar series 2015: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Socially Just Pedagogies Invite you to a seminar by: Elmarie Costandius Socially just pedagogies and community interaction

Community interaction could be a very powerful learning experience but it is crucial to do critical assessment of what is happening in the interactions. By taking community interaction simplistically or as an action without critically reflecting on it, interactions would remain at the superficial level. Some perceptions and attitudes could be confirmed and perpetuated in the interactions and conversations, instead of shifted. Stereotyping, for instance, mostly happens on a subconscious level and will not come into the conscious mind if not brought to the surface. Even when it becomes conscious, it does not mean that it disappears; it is constantly correcting and redirecting one’s way of thinking and will slowly replace the ingrained perception of the past. Experiencing mental and bodily discomfort when dealing with sensitive issues is a good space for starting critical self-reflection and change. Leibowitz, Bozalek, Rohleder, Carolissen and Swartz (2010) argue that discomfort can serve as pedagogy for change. Although experiencing discomfort or talking about the past may be difficult and painful for some students, Swartz, Rohleder, Bozalek, Carolissen, Leibowitz and Nicholls (2009) argue that it is the responsibility of lecturers to facilitate such discussions. As advocates of community interaction we could ask ourselves; Are we really making a difference in society in a socially just way? I will share my experience looking back on what I have done so far and reflect specifically on the complexities and subtleties that I have become aware of in my community interaction projects. 


arie Costandius coordinates the MA in Visual Arts (Art Education) at Stellenbosch University. She studied Information Design at Pretoria University and continued her studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. Her PhD in Curriculum studies (Stellenbosch University) focused on social responsibility and citizenship in art education. Elmarie received in 2011-2013 a Teaching Fellowship from the Department of Education, in 2013 the HELTASA CHE National Excellence in Teaching Award and 2015-2016 the Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) fellowship. She also received the Rector’s award for general achievement in 2012 and 2013. DATE: 7 October 2015 TIME: 1.00 – 2.00 p.m. VENUE: School of Public Health, Room 1C RSVP: Andrea Jansen andreavljansen@gmail.comand ALL ARE WELCOME!