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ERIC Number: EJ871299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8259
A Multidisciplinary Assessment of "Chesteropoly" as an Academic-Service Experience
Bonk, Robert J.; Simons, Lori N.; Scepansky, Timothy M.; Blank, Nancy B.; Berman, Elisa B.
Journal of Experiential Education, v32 n2 p155-177 2009
Because service-learning challenges participants to widen perspectives on social issues, we designed and assessed a multi-semester, multidisciplinary project with both academic and service objectives. In this project, undergraduate students developed a script and video centered on a board game designed to educate high-school students about their community, Chester, Pennsylvania. The script and video featured undergraduate students playing "Chesteropoly," with deeded properties reflecting Chester's current community agencies, as well as business, educational, entertainment, and government groups from past and present days. Next, students enrolled in an educational-psychology independent-study class developed a content-knowledge test; this test, along with assessments of social skills and self-concept, was administered to local high-school students from this disadvantaged community. Undergraduate participants assessed experiences through reflection journals, surveys, and focus-group interviews. Overall, the types of outcomes that we observed for our high-school and undergraduate participants reflected development of civic values, improvement of academic learning, and self-motivation. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Piers Harris Childrens Self Concept Scale; Social Skills Rating System