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ERIC Number: EJ1055047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2368-4526
"Learning by Doing" in a Graduate Course in Human Development and Family Studies: Service Learning Utilizing an Evaluation Project
Kopera-Frye, Karen; Hilton, Jeanne
Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v1 p93-98 2008
The purpose of this paper is to share our experiences involving a creative approach to service learning that was implemented in a Human Development and Family Studies graduate course. In our departmental pursuit of evolving scholarship and promoting scholarly teaching and learning (Kopera-Frye, Hilton, & Cavote, 2003), this course represents an example of how one can promote higher-level learning among our future professionals. This service learning approach utilized in this particular course focuses on needs assessment and program evaluation, a direction not usually found in typical service learning projects that involve a social volunteerism approach. By discussing the theoretical basis for the project, course format, and providing some qualitative/evaluative data, we will contribute to the knowledge base on innovative ways to promote scholarly learning. Challenges and issues that need to be anticipated before designing this type of service learning experience will be highlighted.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada
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