”Students felt more empowered,” said Frank Klapak, an education and communication professor at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, one of the schools participating in the study. Klapak let his students help decide how to structure the course as a way of showing them the results of democratic involvement.
The study also found that by semester’s end, students participating in the project showed greater improvement than other students in their ability to find compromises and make sound moral and ethical decisions. —Christina Gostomski —Cedar Crest looks to raise civic interest (The Morning Call)
Frank Klapak is a colleague of mine just two office doors away.