|Title||Teaching About Labor Through Union Worker–University Student Dialogues|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2012|
|Journal||Labor Studies Journal|
|Pagination||81 - 103|
|Keywords||CHAT, critical pedagogy, dialoguing, labor education, perceptions|
This article offers a pedagogical model for facilitating union worker–university student dialogues on labor issues. Most university students in this study initially held neutral opinions of organized labor. However, the beliefs of the few students with strong attitudes about unions were often shaped by close interactions with family members who belonged to unions. Taking these attitudes and factors into considerations when designing classroom activities and approaches, a dialoguing process was developed that encouraged participants to articulate their viewpoints, engage in reciprocal written and verbal exchanges, and reflect on others’ perceptions in order to enhance their own labor perspectives.