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ERIC Number: ED411200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Community Initiatives and Service Learning.
Supon, Viola
This paper reports the results of a study of 40 student teachers and their cooperating teachers. The initiatives were implemented during one semester in various public school classrooms and sites. Most occurred with preschool and elementary students, with 10 of the student teachers in junior high or high school settings. The preservice teachers had a university requirement to do a daily journal entry. These journals were shared at seminars and a compilation of learned outcomes became part of this study. The teachers in this study reported that preservice teachers gained knowledge of citizenship and developed skills in teamwork, communication, and problem solving. Their academic skills were also sharpened as higher levels of thinking processes were generated as a result of practicing cooperative efforts. Preservice teachers found that difficulties arose regarding implementation: some were related to the planning process, agencies had difficulty in organizing activities, and obtaining parental permission forms was problematic. Overall, participants agreed that implementing an effective initiative creates a kinship that permeates the community while helping individuals become better skilled. (Contains 24 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A