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ERIC Number: ED424504
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Creating Opportunities for Service Learning through the Applied Psychology Course.
Grimes, Tresmaine R.
Through a partnership with a large research institution, an historically Black university in the rural southeast transformed its Applied Psychology course from the traditional lecture format to a service learning experience. This new format integrates community service with academic instruction and focuses on developing critical thinking skills and civic responsibility in students. This article describes how the course was redesigned and the impact the course had on the undergraduate participants. Fourteen junior and senior level psychology majors (all African-Americans with a mean age of 22.7 years) registered for the course. During the course, students were trained to mentor at-risk, African-American middle school children in the community adjacent to the university. When surveyed at the end of the course, all of the course participants agreed that this was one of the best courses they had taken in college, and the majority of the students agreed that the course increased their interest in public service activities. The benefits of partnerships between research institutions and smaller colleges, and the importance of service learning experiences for undergraduate psychology majors are discussed. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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