From The South To The South Pacific, And Back Again: Global Pedagogies In A Southern Classroom

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Heather L. Waldroup Ph.D, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: This essay explores the use of a globally-informed pedagogy as a creative methodological tool in the University classroom. My area of research, the arts of the South Pacific, can be quite unfamiliar to students in the continental United States; therefore, in my teaching I strive to forge a strong comparative relationship between the global history of the South Pacific and that of the American South. This can produce a thematic framework that draws on concepts with which the students are familiar, including histories of contact, imperialism, and exchange, and then encourages students to apply these understandings of global art production to the study of specific works of art. This essay discusses the application of this methodology in an Arts of Oceania course offered in the fall of 2004, addressing the kinds of objects presented for student inquiry, the assignments used to assess student understanding of these objects, and the students? own responses to the course. Based on the students? performance and evaluations, I have found that a globally-informed pedagogy can enable their historical and aesthetic understanding of South Pacific arts. The course materials and assignments also allowed them a space to explore their own research and creative interests, as art producers, art historians, and art educators.

Additional Information

Waldroup, Heather. (2006) "From The South To The South Pacific, And Back Again: Teaching Globally In The Global South." Radical Pedagogy 8:1 (Spring). (ISSN: 1524- 6345) Published by International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication (ICAAP). Version of Record Available at:
Language: English
Date: 2006
pedagogies, south pacific, southern classroom, American South, global teaching

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