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ERIC Number: EJ1050942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Developing University and Community Partnerships: A Critical Piece of Successful Service Learning
McDonald, James; Dominguez, Lynn A.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v44 n3 p52-56 Jan 2015
The partnership between science and the environment in service-learning projects helps students to make greater connections to the world around them. Service learning provides many benefits to students, faculty, and communities within the context of a college course. However, to prevent frustration, it is important for faculty members to make a clear distinction between service learning and volunteerism by connecting their course objectives to the service being provided. They also must develop a framework for planning, assessment, and reflection. Finally, a successful partnership must be developed. Clearly defining the community setting to be used for the service-learning project will ensure a more positive outcome. Developing the partnership framework through purposeful communication with all partners is the key to successful service-learning projects. A sequential series of steps are provided for the framework development. Actual examples of classroom projects are described, along with benefits to students, agencies, and community participants.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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