ERIC Number: ED444971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-24
Service Learning in Student Teaching: "What's Social Studies For?"
This study examined the potential of service learning in reform-oriented social studies teacher education, focusing on how service learning influenced one preservice teacher's understanding of social studies as a form of democratic civic education. The preservice teacher's service learning experience was incorporated into his field-placement curriculum. The study involved interviews with the student teacher, on-site observations, assignments and written work, and interviews with the university supervisor. Results indicated that service learning influenced aspects of the student teacher's beliefs and conceptions about teaching, but it did little to further a rethinking of his aims as a social studies practitioner. His success with service learning led him to think more deeply about what counts as meaningful democratic education, gave him a greater sense of his obligation to consider his teaching vis-a-vis the broader social order, and provided first-hand experience in delivering instruction that engaged student interest and fostered critical thinking. Though he believed service learning was his most powerful and effective teaching experience during the semester, he mostly failed to connect what he learned from it to his developing rationale for social studies. (Contains 49 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 24-28, 2000).