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Kirshner, Ben Professor

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  • BEN KIRSHNER is Faculty Director for CU Engage: Center for Community-Based Learning and Research and Professor of Education in the Learning Sciences and Human Development program area. Through his work with CU Engage Kirshner seeks to develop and sustain university-community partnerships that leverage the resources of the university to address public challenges. Kirshner’s research examines community-based youth organizing, youth participatory action research, and new forms of digital media as contexts for learning, development, and social change. He recently completed an international study of youth organizing in South Africa, Ireland, and the USA. As Advisor to the MacArthur Foundation’s Connected Learning Research Network, Kirshner studied how young people leverage their skills and interests to find work in the creative economy. New projects focus on research partnerships that build capacity for social justice youth leadership and community organizing.

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  • Youth Civic Engagement, Urban Education, Ethnographic Research, Youth Development, Participatory Action Research, Informal Learning Environments

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  • EDUC 4112 - Adolescent Development and Learning for Teachers
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines current theory and research about adolescent learning and development and explore implications for secondary teaching. Topics include human diversity as a resource for learning, adversity and agency, connecting instruction to students' everyday lives, and the role of belonging and relationships in positive youth development. This course is appropriate for masters degree students. Same as PSYC 4114 and EDUC 5112.
  • EDUC 8358 - Seminar: Human Learning
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Intensive study of selected topics in human learning.The focus of the seminar will vary depending on the instructor's expertise and students' interest. Recent topics include sociocultural and social practice theories, STEM learning in and out of school. Repeatable for credit up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: EDUC 6318 or EDUC 8210 or instructor consent.
  • EDUC 8730 - Advanced Qualitative Data Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Requires students begin semester with qualitative data already collected (from class project, pilot study, dissertation). Instructors present diverse methods of analyzing data and writing about interpretations. Instructors customize part of course to address specific topic of expertise, e.g., discourse analysis, video analysis, textual analysis, ethnographic analysis. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • INVS 2919 - Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines concepts of activism, citizenship, democracy, power, and diversity through classroom discussions and participation in a local K-12 school's Public Achievement project. Through community-based partnerships, students will develop leadership skills; dialogue with diverse groups of people; identify multiple perspectives around controversial issues; and learn to use research and writing to articulate public problems and advocate for their solutions. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as EDUC 2919.
  • INVS 3302 - Facilitating Peaceful Community Change
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Students gain knowledge and skills that enable them to become effective agents of community change. Focuses on understanding the processes of community building with a multicultural emphasis. Students are encouraged to apply their own life experiences and to examine themselves as potential change agents. Same as WGST 3302.
  • INVS 3931 - The Community Leadership Internship, Part 1
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Develops students' competencies as community leaders working for a just and sustainable world. Under the supervision of an instructor and a community supervisor, students learn organizational leadership skills by serving as volunteer staff members at community-based organizations. Required requisite, admission into INVST CLP. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • INVS 4402 - Nonviolent Social Movements
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Explores theories of democracy and development in relation to movements for nonviolent social change. Focuses on means and ends, spirituality, leadership, decision-making, civil society, cooperative economics, ecology and decentralized powers.
  • INVS 4931 - Community Leadership in Action, Part 1
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Develops students' expertise as community leaders. Under the supervision of an instructor and a community advisor, students design a community-based project. Recommended prerequisite: admission to INVST CLP. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • LEAD 4000 - Leadership in Context and Emerging Challenges: A Capstone
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Integrates leadership topics and experiences students pursued through the Leadership Studies Minor. Using advanced critical thinking skills, the seminar requires students to evidence their knowledge, competencies and skills related to leadership theory and practice through examining contemporary leadership challenges. Further, the seminar directs students to justify decision-making processes, demonstrating their ability to synthesize prior knowledge to effect desirable, ethical outcomes.
  • PSYC 4114 - Adolescent Development and Learning for Teachers
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines current theory and research about adolescent learning and development and explore implications for secondary teaching. Topics include human diversity as a resource for learning, adversity and agency, connecting instruction to students' everyday lives, and the role of belonging and relationships in positive youth development. This course is appropriate for masters degree students. Same as EDUC 4112 and EDUC 5112.
  • WGST 3302 - Facilitating Peaceful Community Change
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Students gain knowledge and skills that enable them to become effective agents of community change. Focuses on understanding the processes of community building with a multicultural emphasis. Students are encouraged to apply their own life experiences and to examine themselves as potential change agents. Same as INVS 3302.

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