How does learning in an urban community affect a student both emotionally and intellectually?






Throughout my education I have had the opportunity to be a part of several urban learning environments within higher education. Each of which helped instill in me a passion for both city life and communal learning while at the same time being able to appreciate the multi-dimensional, culturally diverse populations therein. However, my concern for students’ development within these programs first arose several years ago when I realized the many struggles and adjustments students must deal with in the change to an urban environment.

In this investigation, I will try to explore several different urban semester programs associated with private, religious colleges in the United States to better understand whether or not these programs help or inhibit students’ learning and development. As of 2005, more than fifty percent of the world’s population lives in urban environments. Because of that, as well as the growing amount of urban programs, it is important to analyze how these environments affect students. (Wheaton, 2007)

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Through this project, you may view my entire investigation to better understand all of my research and findings. You may also view the four different urban programs I analyzed as well as some extra resources I found along the way. And let me know if you have any questions, comments, concerns (email: benhelms@gmail.com) Enjoy!



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