Writing Sexual Slang on the Wall

An Active Learning Strategy for Teaching Social Work Students

  • Pamela Pitman Brown https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6276-3618
  • Pamela P Brown, PhD, CPG, FAGHE Albany State University
  • Carol Ann Ham, DPA, LMSW, MA, CAP Valdosta State University
Keywords: Sexuality, Active Learning, Online, Face-to-Face, Sexual Health, Modifications on Modality

Abstract

Sexuality is difficult to integrate into classroom conversations. Active learning strategies can alleviate the struggle, particularly when working within diverse populations of age, gender, race, or religion. Writing sexual slang allows the student to get outside their comfort zone allowing for reflection, movement, and creativity in the process. The activities are appropriate for either face-to-face or online courses with little modification and the article demonstrates how the face-to-face exercises differ from the online exercises, providing examples of each method. Modification for those students who are limited per their religious constraints is included. Previous student reflections are included as well. 

Author Biography

Pamela Pitman Brown

Dr. Brown is an assistant professor of sociology at Albany State University in Albany, GA. Prior to coming to ASU, she was an assistant professor of gerontology  and Gerontology Program Coordinator at Winston-Salem State University. She is a Credentialed Professional Gerontologist, a Fellow in the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education, and a Fellow in the Center for Teaching Excellence at ASU and was recognized as a Junior Faculty Fellow and an O’Kelly Scholar at WSSU.

Dr. Brown has served as President on the International Board of Sigma Phi Omega, National Academic Honor & Professional Society in Gerontology, and on the Executive Board of both the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) and the Southern Gerontological Society. She is a graduate of Auburn University (B.S. Education), the University of South Alabama (M.A. Sociology), and Miami University Ohio (Ph.D. Social Gerontology).  

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Published
2019-08-23
How to Cite
Pitman Brown, P., Brown, P., & Ham, C. (2019). Writing Sexual Slang on the Wall. The Journal of Teaching Historically Underserved Student Populations, 1(1), 3-10. Retrieved from https://journalofteachinghusp.org/article/view/19634