ERIC Number: EJ1145934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Hosting a Tent City: Student Engagement and Homelessness
McKinney, Jennifer; Snedker, Karen A.
Teaching Sociology, v45 n3 p252-259 Jul 2017
In response to increasing homelessness in our city, Seattle Pacific University invited a homeless encampment (Tent City) to reside on our university campus for three months. This provided an opportunity to engage students on issues of poverty and inequality. Building from a service-learning model, we devised course work around homelessness and applied research. Students took a two-quarter course sequence to become knowledgeable about homelessness and sociological research methods in order to collect field observations and conduct interviews with Tent City residents. Based on student reflections, stereotypes about homelessness were challenged and social distance between students and people who were homeless was reduced. Student exposure to homelessness through faculty-guided research is an effective tool in developing a sociological imagination and an important step in fostering agents of social change.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Homeless People, Service Learning, Outreach Programs, Community Services, School Community Relationship, School Community Programs, Poverty, Active Learning, Social Problems, Social Change, Student Research, Research Projects, Courses, Disadvantaged, Power Structure, Reflection, Stereotypes, Partnerships in Education, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Washington (Seattle)