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ERIC Number: EJ1177919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-0143
Hearing the Marginalized Voice in the Great Books Curriculum
Woodard, Jennie
Honors in Practice, v14 p15-25 2018
At the end of a two-year Honors Civilizations sequence based on a Great Books curriculum, students at the University of Maine write a reflective essay that describes their personal and intellectual journey with the texts they have encountered over the previous four semesters. Students can describe a theme or narrative that has emerged in their thinking, using not only the texts but the classroom dynamic, weekly lectures, and assignments to demonstrate what they have found most beneficial and/or frustrating in their journey. In her first year of teaching the course, the author encountered deep disappointment in the absence of voices: students wanted more women, more texts produced by people of color, more non-European narratives, more attention paid to class systems. In short, students wanted more than the white Western European male narrative. As a result, the class was revised to include more diverse voices. This article examines the texts that were included in the class.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maine
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