This paper presents the elements of an engaged learning experience, with the aim of embracing differences through a pedagogical lens that uses dialogue as a process and content. A qualitative exploratory case study was conducted that included a structured dialogue methodology. Class dynamics and engagement from an online classroom of 30 Japanese and international students represented a microcosm of society. The structured dialogue included three-key participants – the professor, a graduate student, and a facilitator. The key findings revealed a four-stage Embracing Differences Change Model based on the themes of conformity, vulnerability, exploration, and learning. Eight actions for embracing difference are presented based on the key elements of sharing, listening, personalizing, and creating.
Maria Guajardo, Soka University, Japan
Mandeep Taneja, Soka University, Japan
Stream: Teaching Experiences
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