Lecture to address 'Teaching Students to be 'Better' People'

Students are often encouraged to engage in case studies, small-group activities, role plays, simulations and other participative methods that claim to promote deeper levels of self-reflection. The primary goal for these new approaches is to accomplish what Packer & Greco-Brooks (1998) refer to as the “ontological work of school ... [and] help change the kinds of person their students become.”  

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences Thomas Yannuzzi will raise questions about the social, institutional and personal challenges of this new pedagogical agenda during his lecture “Teaching Students to be ‘Better’ People: a Growing Challenge for Education Today” as part of Penn State Brandywne's Faculty Forum at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in the Vairo Library Lower Level Lounge. More specifically, the discussion will explore students’ motivations and ability to engage in such learning in times when social trends seem to place more emphasis on individualism and self promotion. The talk will explore the challenges faced by educators, educational administrators, and educational institutions in implementing such deeply-rooted personal change.

The program is free and open to the public.
 

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Last Updated March 23, 2009