ERIC Number: EJ815936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-17
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A Professor Tries to Teach Students to Be Activists
Helman, Ivy A.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n8 pA36 Oct 2008
Last fall the author taught two sections of a first-year seminar on activism and volunteering, called "Raise a Fist, Lend a Hand: Activism and Volunteerism at the Dawn of the 21st Century," at a small liberal-arts college in the Midwest. She had noted in the course description that a community-service requirement was included, so she expected that students who chose the class would be eager to get involved with social issues. But what she thought would be the most rewarding and educational aspect of the course proved instead to be challenging and deeply frustrating. In this article, the author describes how she spent most of the semester trying to convince her students of the importance of activism, and trying to motivate them to overcome their apathy, lack of interest, and attempts to stay in their comfort zones.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Activism, Teaching Experience, Controversial Issues (Course Content), First Year Seminars, Learner Engagement
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