ERIC Number: ED464072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Service Learning Integrated into a Conceptual Framework Improves a Teacher Education Program.
Cromwell, Ronald R.; Curran, Joanne M.
This article highlights a teacher education program conceptual framework that integrates service learning. It first describes the national scene and offers details on the college, which is a mid-sized public college in rural upstate New York. The college's mission includes a call for broad experiential learning and community service as a way to reach excellence in learning and best serve the state and community. The college opened the Center for Social Responsibility and Community (CSRC) in 1995 to help faculty and students develop a general orientation to service and community involvement. Faculty from the Division of Education serve as advisors to the CSRC. The conceptual framework evolves around four themes related to teachers taking leadership roles in their classrooms and communities: educational leader committed to excellence, best teaching practices, diversity, and empowerment. Service learning is included as an important strategy for meeting course objectives across the education program. Service learning projects are grounded within each theme of the conceptual framework and demonstrate four levels of integration: sharing resources, sharing time, sharing knowledge, and sharing self in collaboration. (Contains 36 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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