Escape from the Ivory Tower: Student Adventures in Democratic Experiential Education / Edition 1

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Describes programs which take students out of the classroom to connect what they learn with issues of community, national, or international concern. The book details an experimental education approach that combines the best features of discussion and interaction, laboratory work and field learning, community involvement and service, democratic citizenship and skills training, and student-initiated participatory learning.

In Escape From the Ivory Tower, Lempert describes the program he developed called ``Unseen America,'' which takes students out of the classroom and enables them to connect what they are learning with problems at community, national, and international levels. Examining experiential education from the students' perspective, Lampert details an approach that combines the best features of discussion and interaction, laboratory work and field learning, community involvement and service, democratic citizenship and skills training, and student initiated participatory learning—in courses, projects, and clinical work that go well beyond traditional classroom education.

Rich in exciting, vivid examples of students engaged in meaningful social change, the book offers pragmatic solutions with useful tools that are ready for implementation, designed at low cost within the constraints of existing resources, by the students themselves. The book includes detailed descriptions and ``how-to'' materials for several university courses that have already been tested successfully, an international policy project that took a group of students to Ecuador, and other ideas for experiential courses at all levels of the university curriculum. The author also provides useful tips oninnovations that supplement the curriculum but are extracurricular, along with suggestions for coordinating them within existing universities.

Escape From the Ivory Tower presents valuable ideas for rekindling the spirit of the country's young people for productivity and fulfilling lives—while presenting a clear vision of how the educational system can serve and create a healthier and more democratic society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787901363
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/4/1995
  • Series: Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Authors
1 The Battle for the Soul of the University 7
2 The Birth of Student Adventures 31
3 Experiencing Democracy: A New Approach to Education 69
4 Reaching Beyond the Classroom: Introductory Level Course Adventures 99
5 Building Skills for the Real World: Intermediate Level Course Adventures 157
6 Connecting the Disciplines: National and International Adventures for Advanced Students 213
7 Applying Professional Expertise: Adventures at Graduate and Professional Levels 267
8 Back to the Campus: Making Adventures Part of Residential Life 277
9 Coordinating Adventures: Questions, Answers, and Practical Tips 285
10 Remaking the University Through Democratic Experiential Education 309
A. Sample Contract for Project Participants 339
B. Unseen America Projects, Inc. 349
References 351
Name Index 357
Subject Index 361
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