ERIC Number: EJ847335
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 1
Bridging the Distance: Service Learning in International Perspective
Florman, Jean C.; Just, Craig; Naka, Tomomi; Peterson, Jim; Seaba, Hazel H.
New Directions for Teaching and Learning, n118 p71-84 Sum 2009
In this article, the authors describe how an existing partnership between two communities, one in eastern Iowa and one in Mexico, was turned into a cross-disciplinary and international service learning course for students in the University of Iowa Colleges of Engineering, Pharmacy, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. The projects that students worked on through the service-learning component of their university courses were directly related to the development needs the Mexican community had identified. The authors discuss the benefits of the initiative for both communities and make suggestions for how it could be enhanced in the future.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Foreign Countries, International Educational Exchange, Community Development, Community Benefits, Student Projects, Experiential Learning, Program Descriptions, Partnerships in Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa; Mexico