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ERIC Number: EJ853597
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0895-4852
Viewing the MLA from a Community College
Hahn, Juergen
Academic Questions, v16 n4 p63-69 Sep 2003
In a promising gesture of diversity, the Modern Language Association has been welcoming community colleges (CC) into its conference agendas. Since this sector constitutes the majority of college teachers, and a silent one at that, it could furnish valuable perspectives to the Association. What are these perspectives? To begin with, take the average CC teacher: The vast majority are agreeably personable and people-oriented, articulate and communicatively disciplined, even after years of service, because the nature of their teaching orientation demands that attitude. How many at the university level can boast so consistent an attitude? CC teachers are practical because their institutions were designed to be so. The author, a community college lecturer, observes that the MLA could profit with an infusion of some of the practicality and sense of community that is evident in the more modest two year institutions. He argues that the Achilles heal of many Universities is that most reality is seen primarily in terms of theory, stand-offishly and sterilely, with too little input from practicality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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