Success Through Connection



This chapter highlights the people and practices that helped me to move through academic struggle. Although the concepts described here were not new to me, I had somewhat of a shallow appreciation for them before my experience as a struggling student. For example, I valued collaborative learning, but understood it as somewhat peripheral to the educational enterprise. I was surprised at the central role being able to connect with another human being played in my ability to persevere through struggle. In this chapter, I identify how moving past my bias toward individualism into a more community-oriented understanding of learning allowed me to get unstuck. My goal in this chapter is to stimulate readers’ ideas about how they might use collaboration, experiential learning, and community engagement as ways to provide transformative educational experiences for their own students.


Collaboration Experiential learning Deep learning Unlearning Community engagement 


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  1. 1.Ohio UniversityAthensUSA

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