"But Here and Now We Are Together"


  • Nancy Hoffman Temple University


Higher Education, Community, Diversity, Critical Thinking


Drawing on metaphors and narratives of classroom interactions, this article stresses the problem of building a community In classrooms, and takes Into account not only Individual differences between students, and between students and teacher, but also racial, ethnic, gender, and other highly charged group differences. It suggests strategies for teaching students to think about thinking and emphasizes the Importance of the standpoint of the perceiver-her discipline as well as her race, class, and other group Identities. The article argues that the teacher can maintain the Integrity of her own perspective, while modeling openness to views that are not her own.