four projects selected for Year Two of the Elon University Initiative
(academic year 2000-2001) were as follows:
1) Professors Anne
Cassebaum (English), David Cockrell (History) and Janet
MacFall (Environmental Studies) with 4 students: Craig Bailey,
Brendan LaMar, Erin Faciolo and Patty Besial.
To create and studying a course -- One River: Three journeys. The course
will focus on one river in North Carolina and how literature, history
and environmental studies view and explore the territory of that river.
Includes one week canoe trip and seeks to create a learning community
where students teach as well as learn.
Heidi Glaesel (Geography) with 4 students: Courtney Berben,
Benjy Howe, Nick Parsons and Janetta Tolliver
To create and study a pilot course for students returning from study
abroad opportunities. This course is designed to aid students to incorporate
what they have learned abroad into their other classes and life in general.
It will also provide feedback for preparing students for study abroad.
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3) Professors Seena
Granowsky (Psychology) and Ann Wooten (Education) with 4 student-researchers
selected from Fall and Spring classes.
To study learning in two courses: Educational Psychology (a theory course)
and Teaching Reading in Elementary School (a praxis course). In Fall
semester 2000, the courses will be taught separately but studied by the
same faculty-student research team. In Spring semester 2001, the courses
will be linked (the same students taking both courses). The faculty-student
researchers will investigate the added dimension of connected study, relating
theory and application and providing time for reflective integration.
4) Professor Carole
Troxler (History) and 1 student associate: Sarah Grace Shelton
To create and study a group research internship at the request of
the Trading Post Preservation Association, a non-profit organization located
in Hillsborough, NC. This group seeks to locate, document and preserve
remnants of the 17th century Native American Trading Path that
ran through present day Virginia and the Carolinas. The faculty-student
research team will identify research sources and materials, oversee the
internship and study the results in such a way as to provide a model for
subsequent internships of this type.