Journal or Conference Title
The Journal of College and Character
Humanities and Cultural Studies
This essay explores the dynamic tension between the human need to cultivate an autonomous identity and the desire to be part of a larger reality, suggesting that authentic morality emerges from a person’s struggle with the ever-shifting overlap between these two drives. Creating an intersection between thinking and action, service-learning pedagogy draws us into a creative confrontation with these drives, preparing students to engage complexity within themselves and in the world.
Van der Ryn, Julia, "Thinking and Action: Preparing Students to Engage Complexity within Themselves and in the World" (2007). Collected Faculty and Staff Scholarship. 38.
Originally published as: van der Ryn, Julia (2007). Thinking and action: Preparing students to engage complexity with in themselves and in the world. The Journal of College and Character, 9(2).