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ERIC Number: ED420069
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Measuring Words in Actions: Writing and the Process of Social Change.
Nester, Nancy L.
A composition instructor developed a course that has moral traction, a course intended to serve as a blueprint for students, a heuristic for enlarging social consciousness and effecting social change. On the first day of class, the instructor introduces the "fundamental theme" of poverty and a schedule of assignments/activities that commence the class's journey as a "community of purpose." A discussion of social class segues into project one, an inquiry into the terms used to construct poverty as a discursive and material category. The second assignment asks students to turn their attention to mass media texts that most likely shaped their prior understanding of poverty. In the third project, students volunteer for service with an agency that helps people meet their basic needs. The last two projects (an analysis of the organization for which they worked and a formal academic research paper) encourage students to reflect on their actions and ponder steps toward short or long term solutions. These five projects encourage students to identify or hypothesize solutions and to see themselves implicated not only in the problems but also in the search for solutions and the process of social transformation. Contains 20 references; an appendix contains an overview of assignments. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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