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Geography and Environmental Management


Uncomfortable with the transition from “learner” to “expert”, many new course instructors question whether they are capable of performing their role (Craddock et al., 2011; Parkman, 2016). This workshop delves into the “Impostor Phenomenon,” a term used to describe feelings of incompetence despite evidence of competence. In general, the literature suggests that greater awareness of the Impostor Phenomenon, both in oneself and others, is the first step towards breaking the cycle of behaviour (Clance & Imes, 1978; Hutchins, 2015). To foster this increase in awareness, this workshop encourages participants to engage in self-reflection and discussion to help break down the barriers normally associated with thoughts of perceived weakness or failure, and normalize these feelings. Participants have the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences with the Impostor Phenomenon, as well as those of their students, and discuss different strategies that can be applied to minimize impostor feelings in the classroom.

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