ERIC Number: EJ1082206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Student Empowerment in the Nonprofit Management Classroom
Purcell, Margaret A.
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v63 n3 p193-198 2015
In summer 2011, a course titled "Nonprofit Management" was offered as an undergraduate, junior-level course for nontraditional, adult, distance students at the University of Alabama (UA) who were enrolled in the New College LifeTrack (NCLT) program. This article discusses how the course was centered around a service-learning experience that required students to connect with their community, while guiding their own learning in cooperation with their instructor. The use of techniques outside of common instructor-led practices in this course offering in nonprofit management was designed to yield positive learning outcomes, strengthen town-and-gown relationships, and result in lifelong skills that will be useful to students in their professional and civic lives. The pedagogy of citizen engagement and the positive effect of the techniques used in this undergraduate course are positive and clear. Students felt empowered to make a positive impact within their communities. Students reported that the format forced them to become deeply involved with the nonprofit partners, and that it required them to invest more time in coursework than in the traditional teacher-led course. The use of service learning, coupled with the nontraditional teaching methods common to the field of adult education, proved to be successful in this small sample in the field of nonprofit management.
Descriptors: Student Empowerment, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Undergraduate Students, Nontraditional Students, Distance Education, Service Learning, Learning Experience, Nonprofit Organizations, Administrator Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Theory Practice Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama