ERIC Number: ED218176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Learning from the Field Experience: A Guide for Student Reflection in Youth Participation Programs.
Conrad, Daniel E.
The booklet suggests approaches and methods to help the teacher or program leader maximize students' learning from their community involvement. The purpose is to provide practical suggestions for encouraging young people to reflect on their participation in the community programs. The suggestions will help secondary students think about their experiences, write about them, share them with others, and learn from them. Four basic assumptions underlie the ideas and activities presented: youth participation programs can and should do more than simply release students from school in order to work in the community; growth and learning are not an automatic consequence of even the most engaging community experience; most people do not commonly reflect on the meaning of experience; and most teachers are looking for ways to help students learn from their experiences. The first two chapters of the booklet define what a program's reflective component should contain and suggest alternative ways of incorporating them into existing or new programs. The remaining chapters provide sample activities that can be directly applied or easily adapted to most programs. Activities include having students write a daily journal, compile weekly reports, make observation reports, and develop a product. Activities which allow students to evaluate themselves are also provided. (RM)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Guidelines, Learning Activities, Program Improvement, School Community Programs, Secondary Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation, Student Participation, Student Projects, Youth
National Commission on Resources for Youth, Inc., 36 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Resources for Youth, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: Reflective Thinking