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The play of education: Volunteer teachers in Experimental University Classes


This paper describes an Experimental academic program at Kent State University in which a volunteer, nonprofessional mode of teaching seems to have produced positive results. The phenomenon of volunteerism is puzzling, but the data collected from this Experimental program suggest that people like to teach and do it well when they are part of a “divergent” system of openness and continued growth. In any case, this program's idealistic objectives of self-directed learning and a strong sense of community have been implemented by using volunteers.

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Kaplan, H.E., Hassler, D.M. The play of education: Volunteer teachers in Experimental University Classes. Alternative Higher Education 3, 51–61 (1978).

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  • Positive Result
  • Social Psychology
  • Strong Sense
  • Experimental Program
  • Cross Cultural Psychology