FLO Friday: Where to Position Positionality in Your Work

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Session Description:

This FLO Friday session will build on several earlier BCcampus conversations about positionality. The University of British Columbia defines positionality as the dynamic relationship between an individual and their various personal and social FLO Friday logo 2023 identities, including gender, race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, ability, and place, among others. In this session you will discuss and evaluate the pedagogical role of your positionality statement. You will then develop and share a student-focused reflective activity that connects your positionality statement to the aim of helping students recognize and reflect on their own and their peers’ backgrounds and perspectives.

By the end of this session, you will be able to

  • Reflect on the pedagogical possibilities for your positionality statement.
  • Adapt a simple reflective exercise to promote student recognition of positionalities.

About the Facilitator:

Bhuvinder Singh Vaid (he/him/his) is a philosopher of education and an educational developer at the Centre for Teaching Excellence at Capilano University. Bhuvinder’s nearly two decades of work in higher education and consultancy with subject-matter experts are informed by his recognition that teaching and learning exist as uniquely relational practices that are not easily standardized. This understanding has informed his work studying the positionality of seemingly straightforward educational concepts such as safe spaces, efficiency, free speech, and Coast Salish canoe stories. You can reach him at bhuvindervaid@capilanou.ca.

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