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ERIC Number: ED265912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Vietnam in the Classroom: Fact, Fiction and Truth.
Olson, Karen; Low, John
In the fifties and early sixties, United States colleges and universities shied away from courses about communist insurgencies because of the repressive influence of McCarthyism. Vietnam was eliminated from classroom investigation, forcing students to take the issues to the streets. In an effort to expose and examine issues that arose from the United States' involvement in Vietnam, Dundalk Community College in Baltimore developed a course, "Reading and Writing about Vietnam," which may act as a useful model for other campuses. The course's success was due to three crucial factors: (1) careful thought was given to the goals and purposes of the course, which was designed to be comprehensive and interdisciplinary, focusing on both personal and international political dimensions of the war; (2) students from diverse backgrounds, including Vietnam veterans, were actively recruited through an extensive publicity campaign and individualized letters; and (3) an instructional process was implemented that allowed participants to express strong feelings about Vietnam and to move beyond those feelings. Journal writing and class discussions, as well as essay assignments, guest speakers, and a research project were among the instructional methods used in the course. The course reading list and titles of films used are included. (EJV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A