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How Much Of Myself Do I Bring To The Classroom?, Adrienne L. Cohen Jan 2019

How Much Of Myself Do I Bring To The Classroom?, Adrienne L. Cohen

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Autoethnographic research was conducted on a professor’s decisions regarding how much of her personal experiences with major loss she would bring into her Death and Dying class. Her research question was, “Is it safe and helpful to students for an instructor to bring traumatic personal experiences into the classroom?” Using a self-reflective process of exploration and feedback from her students the researcher/instructor negotiated the boundaries between her personal and professional lives. Results from this autoenthographic study reveal the ways in which an instructor can safely bring her own experiences into the classroom as a strategy for enhancing student ...