ERIC Number: EJ831372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Making Connections to Teach Reflection
Correia, Manuel G.; Bleicher, Robert E.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v14 n2 p41-49 Spr 2008
Approaching reflection from the perspective of a teachable skill set implies that research may inform how to help students reflect. Employing a framework of making connections often used in reading comprehension, this study aimed to characterize how making connections between the service-learning experience (SLE) and prior experiences in similar settings, personal life experiences, and knowledge gained in the world, helped students make better sense of their SLE. We also discovered that particular words and phrases--reflection markers--are useful in teaching students how to write reflections. The study concludes with practical suggestions for service-learning instructors to facilitate quality student reflections.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Service Learning, Learning Experience, Reflection, Prior Learning, Writing Assignments, Content Area Writing, Courses, College School Cooperation, Grounded Theory, Student Journals, Educational Technology, Computer Software, Internet, Elementary Schools, College Students, Computer Uses in Education
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 - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California