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ERIC Number: EJ846367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
Integrating Writing, Academic Discourses, and Service Learning: Project Renaissance and School/College Literacy Collaborations
Mastrangelo, Lisa S.; Tischio, Victoria
Composition Studies, v33 n1 p31-53 Spr 2005
"Integrating Writing, Academic Discourses, and Service Learning: Project Renaissance and School/College Literacy Collaborations" discusses a year-long general education program for first-year students that integrated disciplinary learning with a pen pal project in light of the goals of critical pedagogy and service-learning. The program aimed at providing connecting students' lived experiences in the pen pal project with academic knowledges in order to increase their critical awareness of literacy as a complex social ability that is highly implicated social formations, such as individual opportunity and equity. The pen pal project, which involved a group of first-year college students at a northeastern state university and kindergarten, first, and second graders from a local public elementary school, helped ground the academic concepts studied in three disciplinary modules (biology, sociology, and philosophy) in experience through the college students' interactions (face-to-face and text-mediated) with their pen pals. College and elementary students, alike, found increased motivation toward literacy through the pen-pal exchanges. Additionally, this team-taught, writing-intensive year-long course encouraged the college students to write "with" the local community and to work towards developing a critical consciousness of the world around them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Higher Education; Kindergarten; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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