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The organic paradigm marks a shift away from the traditional industrial paradigm in education, which has informed formal education since the late nineteenth century. It emphasizes four tenets: ...

The organic paradigm marks a shift away from the traditional industrial paradigm in education, which has informed formal education since the late nineteenth century. It emphasizes four tenets: vitality, creativity, diversity, and customization. Furthermore, it recognizes individuality and allows students to draw upon their strengths as well as improve upon curricular areas where they are not uniformly strong. Customization of course content allows students to develop content areas specific to their professional or educational goals while working toward common objectives outlined by the instructor. This presentation describes the operationalization of an organic educational paradigm in an undergraduate journalism capstone course.

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  • Toward an Organic Paradigm in Higher Education R. James Wertz Department of Communication & Media Studies Edinboro University Pennsylvania
  • INTRODUCTION• Creativity is essential and beneficial… Higher Ed is not doing enough to encourage creative development. (Cropley & Cropley, 2009)
  • INTRODUCTION• FLOW: The merging of action and awareness (Csikzentmihalyi, 2008)
  • INTRODUCTION• How do we, as educators… • Engage students in professional practice? • Foster creativity? • Allow students to develop skills that meet their diverse and individual needs?
  • ORGANIC PARADIGM• VITALITY• CREATIVITY• DIVERSITY• CUSTOMIZATION
  • ORGANIC PARADIGM• VITALITY STUDENTS• CREATIVITY• DIVERSITY INSTRUCTORS• CUSTOMIZATION
  • JOURNALISM CAPSTONENEWS21 JOUR504• Two-Semester • One Semester Topic-Based Advanced Reporting Sequence Seminar• Fellows partner • Broadcast, Print, and with Media Public Relations Partners Students• Paid Stipend and • No Compensation/ Travel = $10,000 No Media Partner
  • JOUR504: Adv Electronic Journalism
  • JOUR504: Adv Electronic Journalism• THREE REPORTING ASSIGNMENTS: • DEFINING THE PROBLEM • ORGANIZATIONS & INSTITUTIONS • PEOPLE & PLACES
  • JOUR504: Adv Electronic Journalism• THREE REPORTING ASSIGNMENTS: • DEFINING THE PROBLEM • ORGANIZATIONS & INSTITUTIONS • PEOPLE & PLACES• RULES: • Pieces could be print based or visual • OFF-CAMPUS ONLY • Finish pieces posted to course blog • WorkingPoorAmerica.wordpress.com
  • EXTERNAL RESULTS
  • EXTERNAL RESULTS“I love seeing you people taking an interest in what is going on in the world today. After all, they are our future. Keep up the good work.” - Lisa Scott, Blogger“My husband and I have also been working on a website covering health insurance policies. Your site’s info has been a great guide for our new site. Please keep on uploading the great content! Looking forward to reading more pages on your helpful website!” – Anon. Blogger
  • EXTERNAL RESULTS“This seems like a really interesting project. We think about this all the time at the National Diaper Bank Network. We look forward to getting to know you better in the blogosphere.” - Diaper Bank Network
  • INTERNAL RESORTS• Student Response: • “enjoyed the class discussions”… • “I even kept the notebook!” • The Projects “were very helpful in learning what works in the real world”…”good ways to approach people.”
  • INTERNAL RESORTS “Even though the reporting projects were time consuming I learned a lot about the working poor and myself throughout this process.”
  • For More Information ProfWertz.com WorkingPoorAmerica.wordpress.com WorkingPoorAmerica.com
  • ReferencesArum, R. & Roksa, J. (2010). Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses. Chicago, IL.: University of Chicago Press.Cropley, A. & Cropley, D. (2009). Fostering creativity: A diagnostic approach for higher education and organisations. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2008, 1991). Flow: The Psychology of the Optimal Experience. New York: Harper Collins.News21 (2012). Available online: http://news21.com/Robinson, K. (2008, June 16). RSA/Edge Lecture: Changing Paradigms - How we implement sustainable change in education. Available online: http://filmenglish.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/transcript-sir-ken- robinson.pdfSalen, K. & Zimmerman, E. (2004). Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals. Cambridge, MA.: The MIT Press.Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.