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ERIC Number: ED013352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr
Pages: 80
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Reference Count: 0
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THE STUDENT ACTIVISTS--RIGHTS, NEEDS, AND POWERS OF UNDERGRADUATES. NEW DIMENSIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION, NUMBER 30.
KATZ, JOSEPH
AN ANALYSIS OF STUDENT ACTIVISM DEVELOPED FROM A REVIEW OF LITERATURE ATTEMPTS TO (1) PROVIDE A DEFINITION OF ACTIVISM, (2) IDENTIFY THE FORCES THAT CREATED STUDENT ACTIVISM, (3) ANALYZE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ACTIVISTS, (4) DETERMINE THE IMPLICATIONS OF ACTIVISM FOR COLLEGE POLICY, AND (5) IDENTIFY QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH. THE AUTHOR SUGGESTS A DEFINITION OF ACTIVISM IN TERMS OF THE ATTITUDES OF THE STUDENTS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE MOVEMENT. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ACTIVISTS WERE EASILY IDENTIFIED FROM RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY SOCIOLOGISTS WHO WERE PRESENT AT BERKELEY AS THE EVENTS WERE HAPPENING. THESE STUDENTS WERE FOUND TO HAVE HIGH ACADEMIC APTITUDE, WERE GOOD ACADEMIC PERFORMERS, AND INTELLECTUALLY WERE HIGHLY MOTIVATED. THE CAUSES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MOVEMENT WERE MORE DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY. THE AUTHOR SUGGESTS THAT THE INTELLECTUAL POVERTY IN THEIR PROSPEROUS HOMES PROVIDED MATERIAL FOR PROTEST IN ADDITION TO THE CHALLENGES PRESENTED BY THE SCHOOLS. SOME STUDENTS HAD RECEIVED TRAINING IN ORGANIZATION AND COLLECTIVE ACTION IN THE DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THEY FOUND CAUSE FOR ACTION IN STEADILY INCREASED DEMANDS FOR HIGHER ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, LACK OF MEANING IN CURRICULAR CONTENT, DISSATISFACTION WITH THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CLIMATE, DISSATISFACTION WITH THE RESTRICTIONS ON STUDENT LIVING ARRANGEMENTS, AND A NEED FOR BETTER LEGAL DEFINITION OF STUDENT RELATIONSHIP TO THE UNIVERSITY. SOME OTHER FORCES THAT APPEARED TO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO ACTIVE PROTEST WERE ALSO DISCUSSED. ONE OF THE AREAS DISCUSSED FOR FURTHER STUDY WAS THE EDUCATORS' NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE PROCESSES AND OUTCOMES OF THE ACTIVISTS' ATTEMPTS TO FIND NEW AND WORKABLE TRUTHS FOR THEIR LIVES. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Duke Univ., Durham, NC.
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