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ERIC Number: EJ791409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
Thank God It's Friday: Evangelical Christians Preach a New Cocurriculum
Ebben, Kelsey; Magolda, Peter M.
About Campus, v12 n3 p8-15 Jul-Aug 2007
For collegians, cocurricular opportunities (that is, experiences outside the classroom) are plentiful. Tossing Frisbees, socializing in town pubs, or attending an evangelical worship service are three examples from the wide range of cocurricular options that college students have for augmenting their academic pursuits. Many new collegians hit the ground running, hoping to find a cocurricular niche and get involved. Yet two questions persist, perplexing both students and educators. What kinds of cocurricular activities engage students meaningfully, promoting their learning and development? What kinds of cocurricular events sustain students' involvement throughout their college years? Although the authors intended to examine the governance structure of four diverse student organizations when they began their two-year ethnographic study, they became deeply intrigued with how Students Serving Christ (SSC), an evangelical collegiate organization, created meaningful and sustained cocurricular student involvement. Through their prolonged engagement with SSC members, they discovered that this group's leaders not only spread the word of God but also preach unique ways to reconceptualize both the cocurriculum and the instructional methods that organizational leaders employ to engage students in cocurricular activities. In this essay, the authors discuss the revelations they received as a result of their fieldwork on SSC that pertain to thinking differently about teaching and learning outside of the classroom. They recognize that blending discussions about the cocurriculum and faith-based organizations is unusual and disorienting. Along with their interpretations, the authors provide additional narrative excerpts from SSC's Friday night program to vividly capture this organization's unique approach to student learning. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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