Creating a College That Works

Creating a College That Works

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Examines the life of education activist Audrey Cohen and her founding of Metropolitan College of New York. In 1964 educational activist Audrey Cohen and her colleagues developed a unique curricular structure that enables urban college students to integrate their academic studies with meaningful work in community settings. Creating a College That Works chronicles Cohena€™s efforts to create an innovative educational model that began with the Womena€™s Talent Corps, evolved into the College for Human Services, and finally became, in 2002, what is now Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY), a fully accredited institution of higher education that offers bachelora€™s and mastera€™s degrees. Focusing her attention on the major players in the development of MCNY, Grace G. Roosevelt provides a ringside seat during the years of turbulence, hope, and innovation in the 1960s and a€™70s. She captures the life of a visionary educational leader while situating Cohena€™s ideas within the history of progressive education. Cohen and her colleagues, facing great opposition, petitioned and marched, and were harassed and rebuffed. But they persevered, and today the college they founded continues to graduate hundreds of students dedicated to improving their communities, workplaces, and schools in the New York metropolitan area. Woven throughout the narrative are the changing dynamics of the civil rights movement, questions about womena€™s leadership roles, and stories of how adults have transformed their lives through Cohena€™s innovative educational model.... Does the successful lesson that you delivered to fifth graders at P.S. 19 relate more to Platoa#39;s theory that knowledge is ... Did the learning involve social intercoursea€” that is, working in groupsa€”as Dewey would envision, or individualized interactions, as recommended by Rousseau ... Which method from the textbook assigned in your math methods (i.e., Skills dimension) course was used in this lessonanbsp;...

Title:Creating a College That Works
Author:Grace G. Roosevelt
Publisher:SUNY Press - 2015-02-11


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