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ERIC Number: ED147219
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Pages: 24
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Participation and Education: Power Sharing in the Classroom.
Salem, Greta
This paper presents a new approach designed to help students understand the concepts around which introductory social and political science courses are typically built. The social science course, "Problem Solving in Society," includes an exercise requiring the class as a whole to select, and develop proposals to alleviate, a social problem. Students also organize the class for the research and analytic tasks required to fulfill their assignment, determine what work they will do, decide how decisions will be made, and keep individual journals that provide the data on which required weekly analytic papers are based. Instructors serve as observers of group activity, consultants on substantive and procedural matters, and evaluators of papers and journals. This participatory power-sharing approach enables students to deal personally with a specific social problem and to create a mini-social system which exhibits many characteristics of contemporary society. Several skills and orientations are highlighted in a participatory course, including ability to articulate views in group settings, development of a sense of efficacy, and tolerance for the conflict which ensues from group decision making. It is suggested that educators should consider the educational value of student participation in developing and implementing curriculum. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Washington, D.C., September 1-4, 1977)