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ERIC Number: ED462686
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Pages: 10
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The Language Arts and Community Service.
Ediger, Marlow
Community service is excellent for students if done in proper circumstances. There should be worthwhile, carefully chosen, objectives for learner attainment. Learning opportunities need to be safe and emphasize the psychology of education. Noting that he has supervised student teachers in the public schools for 30 years, the author of this paper states that he has been cognizant of several activities participated in by students, particularly visiting and reading to nursing home residents and performing in talent shows at senior citizen centers. According to the paper, the objectives for doing service learning need to follow a definite criteria--knowledge objectives need to emphasize key facts, concepts, and generalizations, and students should have room to identify problem areas they wish to learn about. The paper also states that skills objectives should be for students to use knowledge pertaining to service learning in a life-like situation, and that functional objectives should be stressed in the curriculum. It explains that another category of objectives emphasizes the attitudinal domain, such as feelings of caring for the welfare of others, seeing the world holistically, emphasizing citizenship, stressing ethical relations, and working together harmoniously with others. The paper stresses that the psychology of learning has much to offer in developing and implementing a quality service learning curriculum and cites six instructional principles. It finds that the portfolio approach may be used to indicate learner achievement in community service and offers 10 examples of what might appear in a student's portfolio. (Contains 13 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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