Critical Dialogue and Discussions of Race in the Public Administration Classroom

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This article presents a counternarrative to traditional approaches to pedagogy in the public
administration (PA) classroom. With the increasing diversity and complexity of American society,
the field of PA must carefully navigate historical and contemporary issues fueling discourse and
discontent. These issues include police violence, entrenched disparities, and institutional racism.
The article posits that issues around race, racism, and oppression are salient concerns for current and
future public administrators. As such, the shedding of traditional hegemonic approaches to
pedagogy, so common in PA programs, is paramount to promoting social equity. Critical dialogue is
presented as an important counternarrative to assist in broadening perspectives when engaging in
difficult conversations. 
Original languageAmerican English
JournalAdministrative Theory & Praxis
StatePublished - Dec 2016


  • Education
  • Public Administration

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