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ERIC Number: ED404680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-23
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Service-Learning in the Small Group Communication Class.
Foreman, Chris Wood
It is difficult for a student to understand small group communication and the role communication plays in making an experience a positive or negative one until he or she is actually involved in small group experience. Such goes the argument for experiential learning in the classroom. By incorporating a service-learning component into the classroom, the simulation phase is replaced by the actual experience of the real world. In one experiential learning project, five community non-profit agencies were invited to the classroom to talk about their agencies and discuss a "problem" they could use assistance in solving. Most of the problems had to do with image, communication, or publicity. After listening to the presentations of the different agencies, students selected one to work for and small groups were formed. A brief description of each of the five projects indicates a wide range of success. To determine if students were learning anything from the experience, two written projects, a journal and a final reflection paper, were assigned. In the journal writing assignment, students were asked to carefully note specific details about individual and group development. In the final paper assignments, students were asked to detail specific lessons learned about small group communication. While not all reflection goals were met, most were. Written works indicated that most students learned from the group experience. (TB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A