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The Discourse of Special Populations
Critical Intercultural Communication Pedagogy and Practice

ISBN 9780367870935
Published December 10, 2019 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

The term "special population" occupies a particular purpose and has a particular role in the discourse of higher education. This book uses the term as an umbrella term for any student who tends to be underrepresented on college campuses and has a very specific set of unique needs: among others, individuals with physical and learning disabilities, international students, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ students, single parents, and first generation and other non-traditional student groups. Sometimes these "special" student groups are visible to educators; however, quite often they are hidden in plain sight, which makes it difficult for educators to work effectively and meaningfully with these student groups. This book uses the framework of critical intercultural communication pedagogy to generate a discussion about pedagogical issues surrounding students who are categorized as "special populations", focusing on culturally sensitive pedagogical methods to educate all students.

Table of Contents


Ahmet Atay and Diana Trebing

Part 1: Theories and Approaches

1. All Students Are Special (Though Some Are More Special Than Others)

Sara DeTurk

2. Autoethnography as a Catalyst for Pedagogical Change for Special Populations of Students

David H. Kahl, Jr.

3. Reading Between the Lines: Critical Communication Pedagogy and Textbook Development

Deanna Fassett and Kathryn B. Golsan

4. Empathetic Literacy and Intercultural Storytelling: Compasses and Architecture

Carolyn Calloway-Thomas

Part II: Special Populations in Different Contexts

5. Complicating Special Population Research: A Case for Non-Native, English Speaking International Students on US-American Campuses

Satoshi Toyosaki and Yusaku Yajima

6. Queering the Discourse of "Special Populations": Queer/Critical Intercultural Communication Pedagogy

Ahmet Atay

7. Students Writing Culture: Strategies for Illuminating Pluralistic Voices Through Critical Intercultural Communication Pedagogy

Amy Heuman

8. Teaching Race in Communication Courses

Anthony Esposito and Ronald Raymond

9. Higher Education in Prison: Critical Pedagogy and Incarcerated Student Identities

Jelena Petrovic, Andy Eisen, and Pamela Cappas-Toro

10. "The Big Words Swirled": Dialogue, Reciprocity, and Rigorous Critical Pedagogy in a Prison Classroom

Adam Lauver and Jeremy Make

11. First-Generation Students’ Privacy Management Rules with Parents: Advocating for a Relational Ethic of Listening through Critical Communication Pedagogy

Alyssa McFarlan, Walter Abrego, Sherokee Eder, Sara Koch, Crystal Hernandez, and C. Kyle Rudick

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Ahmet Atay is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at The College of Wooster, USA.

Diana Trebing is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Saginaw Valley State University, USA.