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ERIC Number: EJ819178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5455
Teaching Students How to Talk about, Think about, and Do Community
Varlotta, Lori
NASPA Journal, v45 n3 p327-349 2008
This article charges student affairs professionals who work with student leaders to become more intentional in how they and their students create and contribute to community. Towards that end, this article delineates a process called "community-praxis" that teaches students how to talk about, think about, and do community. Organization advisors who utilize community-praxis will help student members more deliberately conceptualize and create and recreate the type of community associated with their particular club, organization, or association. The process may have educational value for the advisors as well. By facilitating the community-praxis delineated here, advisors will be prompted to review the democratic theories and procedures that have long shaped educational communities. Additionally, they likely will be introduced to viable postmodern theories and practices that have not traditionally informed the ways educators conceptualize and operationalize their own campus communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Support Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Praxis Series