Resistance as Engagement”: Developing Strategies for Information Literacy in a Post-Truth World

60 Minute Interactive Workshop


Linda Elmose – Dept. of Political Science, Okanagan College


In this workshop, we interactively examine a teaching strategy I term “Resistance as Engagement”. Drawing from Resistance Theories of Education and Critical Pedagogy (e.g. Giroux, hooks, Freire), I argue that “resistance strategies” involving teaching public controversies, science/evidentiary skepticism, “alternative facts”, “fake news”, and even conspiracy theories, might enhance engagement whilst empowering students’ development into autonomous, critically thinking citizens operating in a confusing post-truth world.