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ERIC Number: ED402854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Service-Learning and the Sociological Imagination: Approach and Assessment.
Balazadeh, Nancy
Undergraduate sociology students at Rust College, Mississippi, an historically black college, have been given the opportunity to connect with the lives of others in institutional settings, thus making a generational connection between the college and a local nursing home. During the 1995-96 academic year, students in three sociology courses participated in service-learning activities. Students could elect a traditional course program or a program that included a structured service-learning component. The service-learning package was designed to constitute 30 percent of the student's final grade and were a formal part of the curriculum. Some of the students electing the service-learning component presented a qualitative assessment of their learning. Overall, the students in service-learning (N=26) did better than their peers who selected the standard option of instruction and grading. The resulting volunteer work experience can be listed on the student's resumes and this experience can also be used as a source of references for future employment. The experience is also likely to enhance the student's imagination and capacity to think sociologically, both important for success at the graduate level of study. Exhibits include a course description and evaluation instrument, description of the service-learning experience, required student journal entry form, student reflection paper outline, and final evaluation report form. (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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