Promoting pedagogical awareness. Reading fiction for the purpose of inclusive teaching and learning
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Academic teaching is intertwined with ethical issues. We would like to discuss how literary fiction might raise questions of power and identification: Fiction eases dealing with ethically and emotionally problems. It also promotes changing perspectives and identifying with others. Fiction supports a deeper social understanding by including emotional dimensions. Furthermore it enhances transformative learning and self-reflection. Finally, the “complexity and variety revealed to us in literature” (Nussbaum, 1992) reflects the complex character of pedagogical situations that are hardly fully described by models frequently used within educational development. It has therefore the potential to counteract reductive theories by offering alternative approaches.