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University of Southern Maine

Educational Methods

Thinking Matters Symposium

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Cultivating Awareness Of Identities And Ideologies In Academic Writing, Josh Gauthier, Trish Hodgkins, Katelyn Parsons, April Tarmey, Vic Schalk Apr 2017

Cultivating Awareness Of Identities And Ideologies In Academic Writing, Josh Gauthier, Trish Hodgkins, Katelyn Parsons, April Tarmey, Vic Schalk

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We set out to explore the level to which faculty consider and explicitly discuss writing as an apprenticeship into an ideology. Due to our interactions with both students and faculty, the Writing Center is ideally situated to bring awareness of writing ideologies to the entire university campus. Additionally, the Writing Center can and should also engage in dialogue with students about the roles of identity and ideology in writing thereby enabling them to :

• approach the writing process with awareness and intention,

• be more conscious of the ideologies of their context, and

• accept or challenge those ideologies rather than being unconsciously ...


The Student Experience Of Sexual Education In Maine Public Schools, Grace Nevins, Michael Johnston Apr 2017

The Student Experience Of Sexual Education In Maine Public Schools, Grace Nevins, Michael Johnston

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The modern sexual climate of the Unites States often contradicts the moral values taught to young people in sexual education classes in the public school system. Studies have shown that the traditional “abstinence only” method, which was made popular during the 1990’s, was ineffective in the prevention of young pregnancy and the reduction in sexually transmitted diseases (Schwarz, 2007). Teenagers are increasingly exposed to more sexualized content through a variety of media; however, this often contradicts the messages they receive in schools, particularly the “abstinence only” educational model.


An Outdoor Classroom To Improve The Student Experience And Connect The Community, Chelsea Malacara Apr 2015

An Outdoor Classroom To Improve The Student Experience And Connect The Community, Chelsea Malacara

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An opportunity to learn outdoors unites students to their surroundings and closes the gap between human and nature. Outdoor spaces contribute to ecological literacy and are critical to a well-rounded education. The University of Southern Maine community places emphasis on environmental stewardship through classroom instruction and campus projects. The Gorham campus has 9 acres of wooded area plus unused greenspace. I am proposing the construction of an outdoor classroom. The proposal will include interviews from various stakeholders, a site assessment, and a digital and 3D model of the outdoor classroom that will be created per the Site Planning and Design ...