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ERIC Number: EJ1137421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 11
The Future of Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Asset-Based Approaches and Student Learning in First-Year Courses
Bauer, Tamara; Kniffin, Lori E.; Priest, Kerry L.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v22 n1 p89-92 Fall 2015
In the 20 years since Zlotkowski (1995) called for curricular integration of service-learning (SL) across the academy, the authors have observed an increasing adoption of and support for the pedagogy in students' first-year experience. In another article, Gardner (2002) suggests that SL in the first year is particularly important because it can lead to increased self-esteem and self-confidence. Thus, it is becoming well established that SL plays an important role in the first year. The authors' experience, however, suggests that, given the particular challenges of first-year courses, it is all too easy to default to an approach that unintentionally sets students on a problematic path in their interactions with communities. Specifically, this article is a call for attention to asset-based approaches that, from the beginning, help undergraduates see themselves and others on an equal footing and learn to look for, appreciate, and build on their own and others' strengths.
Descriptors: Service Learning, College Freshmen, Models, School Community Relationship, Sense of Community, Interpersonal Relationship, Social Justice, Educational Practices
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/mjcsl
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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