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ERIC Number: EJ856334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Civic Engagement and Task Force Teaching: Integrating the Veterans History Project into the University Classroom
Davis, Roger; Ellis, Mark R.; Van Ingen, Linda
History Teacher, v42 n3 p341-349 May 2009
The semester of fall 2004 presented a challenge to the History Department of the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). A Nebraska state senator contacted the department and inquired about the authors' willingness to become involved in the congressional Veterans History Project. The usual call went out to the department and they considered a response. The authors were only vaguely aware of the project. A quick web update provided details, but also clearly spelled out the conundrum of committing to a project that demanded generous work from them without indications of the specific outcomes that might make the investment of time and effort worthwhile. While understanding the value of civic engagement and service to the community, the authors' concerns centered around two pedagogical questions: How exactly could they integrate the project into their courses, and would their students find the project to be of value or an intrusion into an already challenging workload? In this article, the authors present an overview of the Veterans History Project and how it came to be activated on their campus in central Nebraska, an analysis of the dynamics of creating a working institutional and pedagogical model, and an assessment of the outcomes of the project to date. (Contains 2 notes.)
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska