Foreword by: Mary Beth Tinker
Afterword by: Bruce Novak
Publication Date: January 1, 2014
This dynamic book explores a variety of ways teachers can integrate service learning to enliven their classroom, meet the unique developmental needs of their students, and satisfy the next generation of standards and assessments. The authors demonstrate how inquiry-based teaching with service learning cultivates, requires, and rewards literacy. Through the pursuit of service-learning projects, students learn how to develop perspectives on real-world issues and to develop intrapersonal and interpersonal connections and compassion. At the same time, students acquire literacies essential for creating a culture of civic engagement and for mastering the Common Core.
A powerful blend of practice, theory, and inspiration, The Activist Learner:
Jeffrey D. Wilhelm is a distinguished professor of English education and founding director of Boise State Writing Project, Boise State University. Whitney Douglas is an assistant professor of English at Boise State University . Sara W. Fry is an associate professor of education at Boise State University.
“If you are truly interested in education—in nurturing and leading—then The Activist Learner will help you begin a transformative journey.”
—Troy Hicks, Central Michigan University
“An engaging look at how a shift in thinking can positively impact our future.”
—Clifton L. Taulbert, author and lecturer
“The ability to be heard is a skill that can be nurtured and developed. This book is a valuable contribution to making that happen. It is part of a growing effort to make service learning an experience that goes deeper, that looks at related policies and causes of problems as well as solutions. It values not only the unique contribution of youth, but also the human rights of youth as participants in democracy.”
--From the Foreword by Mary Beth Tinker, Free Speech Activist, and plaintiff, Tinker v Des Moines