Experiential Education: An Approach. Not a Place.
Jewish Education Today
[This article is the eighth, and final, in a series written by participants in the Senior Educators Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.]
I live a double life as a Jewish educator.
Most of my colleagues know me as a professor and director of the Jewish studies program at Dickinson College, a small liberal arts school where I have the privilege of tenure and hold an endowed chair. In this educational setting, I am blessed with the very best in material resources: smart classrooms equipped with the latest technologies, ergonomic chairs, squeaky clean white boards, and entire collections of world-class libraries just a few clicks away. My relationships with students are defined by a clear power hierarchy: I lecture, they take notes; I establish requirements and deadlines, they comply; their work is evaluated, critiqued, and graded. There are transcripts and letters of reference. It’s very serious business.
Lieber, Andrea. "Experiential Education: An Approach. Not a Place." Jewish Education Today (Article published online February 14, 2018). https://ejewishphilanthropy.com/experiential-education-an-approach-not-a-place/