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ERIC Number: ED480179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 11
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Empowering Students with Special Needs through Service-Learning.
Karayan, Silva; Gathercoal, Paul
This paper reports on a qualitative and quantitative study in which the service learning projects of college students in special education teacher training were analyzed using elements of quality service learning as criteria. The study used the "portraiture" method of analysis, which attempts to combine empirical and aesthetic description and allow for convergence of narrative and analysis. Qualitative analysis of each student's service learning project resulted in classification as based on either the "deficit" model, the "empowerment" model, or the "reciprocal empowerment" model. This analysis examined whether the project provided quality service only (deficit model), provided quality service and involved collaboration (empowerment model), or provided quality service, involved collaboration, and represented all stakeholders' voices (reciprocal empowerment model). Results over the 4 years of the study showed a significant decrease in the percentage of projects classified as utilizing the deficit model and a significant increase in projects classified as "reciprocal empowerment". The paper supports the value of reconceptualizing and deliberately structuring the service learning environment to provide opportunities for all students to become contributors, problem solvers, and partners in improving communities. (Contains 10 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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