ERIC Number: ED470537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-10
Science Literacy in the Crucible of Service Learning (Rigor and Relevance--Developing Connections between Science, Education, Community and Career).
Ponzio, Richard; McKenna, Marian J.
This paper argues that academic service learning at the undergraduate level provides an accessible and powerful crucible for exploring a career in teaching while also providing needed literacy experiences for children. Undergraduate service learning programs can include direct and authentic experiences that enroll, engage, and stimulate both undergraduates and the children they teach to learn and apply science. The academic service learning experiences described herein are available in childcare settings in most communities every day. Reflection and inquiry are key elements and serve as the bridge between science literacy and service learning. In these programs, the educational truism "learn by doing" is employed to serve both science literacy and learning to teach. The paper's aim is to describe and define an operating undergraduate program that works to simultaneously develop the science literacy, career awareness, and social capital of undergraduates and children. (Contains 23 references.) (Author/YDS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; Montana Univ., Missoula.
Authoring Institution: N/A