ERIC Number: ED481081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
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Service Learning Triangle: Key Concepts, Partners, Relationships.
McCarthy, Florence E.
Using the concept of triangles as a schematic conceptualization of service learning is a useful pedagogical tool in helping faculty, students, and community members to see the linkages among the component concepts in service learning approaches. Service learning, which is the linking of academic instruction with community service as guided by reflection, has the following among its general characteristics: (1) it brings education back into society by linking what students learn in the classroom to what goes on in the real world; (2) it encourages students to be useful and productive in the service of others; and (3) it provides students with the means to develop critical analytic and personal skills related to their own self-awareness and self-confidence. In the triangle of concepts, experience, reflection, and knowledge are mutually dependent and interconnected. In the triangle of partners, agencies, students, and faculty work together through reciprocal participation. Finally, in the triangle of relationship, the experience of agencies, the reflection of students, and the knowledge of faculty create mutually reciprocal and interactive relationships among that partners that create successful service learning programs. (Contains 23 references.) (MO)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Community Involvement, Community Role, Community Services, Educational Principles, Higher Education, Linking Agents, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, Student Development, Student Experience, Student Role, Student Volunteers, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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