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ERIC Number: EJ864345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
How Service and Learning Came Together to Promote "Cura Personalis"
Wright, Ann; Calabrese, Nicki; Henry, Julie
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v20 n2 p274-283 2009
"Cura personalis" (care of the individual) represents one of the core ideals of all Jesuit colleges and universities. At one urban Jesuit college, faculty members of The School of Education and Human Services and The College of Arts and Sciences initiated a service-learning project in a freshman level pedagogical core course. One goal of the Children's Literature course was to promote deeper understanding, empathy, and action in undergraduate students towards working with children in urban schools. In order to promote this goal, a 10-hour service-learning requirement was added to the course. For 10 hours, students in the course, teacher candidates and others, worked in a multicultural urban classroom, sharing multicultural literature and classroom activities. Overall, the students, who mostly came from suburban environments, felt the experience was rewarding. Many students came to realize that their preconceptions about urban schools were inaccurate. The experience made several of the prospective teachers more willing to teach in urban schools. Also, students became aware of the many basic needs of the urban schools and how these needs affected student learning. Many students came to believe that student diversity in the elementary classroom had a positive influence on the classroom environment.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Urban Schools, Learning Activities, Service Learning, Student Diversity, Citizenship Education, Ideology, Church Related Colleges, Empathy, Altruism, Disadvantaged Youth, Cultural Pluralism, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Consciousness Raising, Student Needs, College Freshmen, Preservice Teachers
International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning. Web site: http://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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