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ERIC Number: ED471393
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Classrooms as "Places, Spaces" for Communion.
Weidner, Heidemarie Z.
An educator was encouraged to examine the community that sometimes, "almost magically," forms in classrooms. Particularly, she wanted to research what or who fosters such communal spaces for students and how educators might harness those forces to become more adept at community building. Her findings forced her to reevaluate her own concept of a communal classroom. Instead of the peace the educator had stipulated, she learned that true communities demand a "yin and yang" of harmony and chaos. Discussion in this paper is structured in the following way: Characteristics of Community; Ways to Build Community in the Classroom; and The Role of the Teacher in Community Building. The paper notes that Americans often downplay community and praise individualism. It states that M. Scott Peck (whose stages of community building are discussed in the paper) warns of the "fallacy of rugged individualism" which describes only partially what it means to be human. According to the paper, Peck points out that when people accept their interdependence, "in the very depths of our hearts...real community begins." Includes an excerpt from Walt Whitman. Cites 18 works consulted. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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