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Wednesday, June 18 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
PSD.43 – Radical Classroom Democracy? Student-Driven Transformative Education

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There is a long-standing body of literature on the transformative potentials of experiential or service learning, which usually takes place outside of the walls of the classroom (Kayes, 2002; Kolb and Kolb, 2005; Maudsley & Strivens, 2000; Walter, Marks & James 1981). There is little discussion, however, about the ways in which instructors can design their courses to produce authentic experiential educational experiences within the classroom. We are grappling with the question,” How effective is it to turn core classroom and learning decision making over to students?”

In this session, we discuss the process of designing and facilitating a third year course on international human rights law. In addition to having the students read about the theory of law, the instructor invited students to participate in a United Nations-style democratic process in which they co-designed the course (from assessments, to content, to classroom activities). We discuss the benefits and pitfalls of the process as identified by the students and the lessons learned by the course instructor.

Wednesday June 18, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
A232 McArthur Hall

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