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John Stroup came to Champlain College in the fall of 2009, having received his PhD in Education from the University of Virginia and his BA from The University of the South. Before receiving his PhD, Professor Stroup taught Middle School and High School English and Social Studies in San Antonio, TX. Among his many responsibilities, he also coached the middle school boys basketball team.
Professor Stroup's research focuses on teacher education, educational technology and civic education. His current research investigates the ways in which youth become engaged in political and civic activities. He is a scholar and teacher in Middle and Secondary Teacher Education with a focus on English and History methods. He is a Board Member of National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education.
Professor Stroup notes that "Learning is the experience of developing, and often changing, previously held knowledge, aims and behaviors. Great teachers make learning possible by marshalling together the widest variety of issues and perspectives for in-depth exploration. This exploration is most valuable when students are confident to participate fully and creatively."
About his teaching, Professor Stroup believes that "Teacher educators bear a crucial responsibility. As a teacher of teachers, I know that my influence goes far beyond my own classroom walls. My effort to educate future teachers impacts the learning communities of future generations. In this sense, I view my teaching responsibilities as my commitment to participate positively in my own community."
My research interest in civic education has enabled me to make important contributions to social entrepreneurship at Champlain College.
In my Service Learning (EDU 245) class, students make an immediate, positive and productive impact within their communities. For example, students that I've taught have worked with area high school students, nearly all from refugee populations, at the King Street Center to develop a public campaign against hate words.
Others volunteered at Hunt Middle School and combated de facto segregation there by creating a multi-cultural harvest feast with students who then promoted their learning to their classmates through a multi-media presentation.
These are powerful educational experiences, and while service learning requires additional time commitments and high levels of uncertainty, I remain committed to seeing students engage with their communities here in Vermont and beyond. I am committed to building on these established networks to give students opportunities to work with diverse groups of people on authentic community issues.
Teacher Education, Youth Civic and Political Education, History/Social Studies Methods, English/Language Arts Methods, Service Learning, Education Technology, Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods.
"Teacher educators bear a crucial responsibility. As a teacher of teachers, I know that my influence goes far beyond my own classroom walls. My effort to educate future teachers impacts the learning communities of future generations. In this sense, I view my teaching responsibilities as my commitment to participate positively in my own community."