Tools for Change (TfC) in partnership with the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University combines ethical thinking and doing and analytical problem solving in a single inquiry method. TfC teaches middle, high school, and college students to reflect on what is right, good, and fair and then test their ethical principles by applying social science research methods in their classes and communities.
TfC grows students who possess an ethical and analytical style of citizenship capable of bringing knowledge to bear on the most pressing problems in their lives. _____
“My classroom experience tells me that this early research exposure helps students be successful once they get to a place like UNC, Chapel Hill. Otherwise, they have no idea what it means to be at a ‘research university’…. Doing is so much more exciting than observing! And there is nothing that creates an appreciation for research like doing it”
Professor Phillip Morgan, Professor of Sociology
“I'm entering my sophomore year at Cornell University, and I still use the skills I developed from Tools at college. I never imagined that I would want to do research, but I'm actually looking into some research positions at Communication labs, and I can confidently say that Tools has made me want to get involved in this type of research. I'm currently a Food Science major and I hope to double major in Communication and minor in Business. I'm interested in the psychology/business/culture behind our food choices- what makes us decide to eat (and not eat) certain things? I'm especially interested in the framing of information, and how that can impact what we believe (something I first learned about in Tools!)”
Rachel Joseph, Tools for Change Alumna Blind Brook High School, Cornell University