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Learning expands beyond classroom

Sept. 19, 1996

By Kate Chester

Lariat Reporter

Students eager to participate in volunteer services are finding the civic education classes offered at Baylor a positive way to act on their community spirit.

Civic education classes try to create a holistic learning process through the use of academics and experimental learning.

'Civic Education is a union between education and civic improvement,' said Dr. Thomas Myers, the director of civic education classes.

The classes consist of a one-hour discussion or lecture in class and two hours of community service in a volunteer agency, relating to the course.

'In civic education we do not just do 'good works,' but we try to learn from it,' Myers said. 'The learning comes from students talking about their experiences and that give and take. There is much interaction in the class.'

Courses are offered in areas such as Political Participation, Community Law Enforcement, Poverty in Waco, Peer Education and eight other subjects. Each year has seen an increase in enrollment, with the exception of this year due to a scheduling problem, he said.

Jimmy Dorrell, professor of Poverty in Waco and head of Mission Waco, said he views his

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