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ERIC Number: EJ1090095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1940-1639
"They're Too Focused on Being Progressive to Actually Be Progressive": Understanding the Lived Experience of Progressivism at a Liberal Arts College
Lane, Amy; Fraser, Abigail; Eathorne, Jamie; Lawrence, Roxann; Meyer, Kylie; Morton, Brittany; Sullivan, Sarah
Journal of College and Character, v16 n2 p90-102 2015
This article investigates to what extent students' experiences at a small liberal arts college reflect the institutional commitment to progressive thinking and practice. Through in-depth interviews across two studies carried out in 2012 and 2014, the authors found students reported that they felt institutional-level multicultural programming can promote shallow commitments to progressivism that silence student voices, creating a context in which daily emotional concerns are overlooked. Students referred to this silencing as "politically correct" talk. In this article, the authors explore student understandings of the politically correct and offer solutions for creating a more open and welcoming campus environment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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