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ERIC Number: EJ881990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
Learning through Service: A Course Designed to Influence Positively Students' Disability-Related Attitudes
Novak, Jeanne
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v36 n1 p121-123 Feb 2010
How can teacher educators encourage preservice teachers to develop an awareness of disability issues? How do they prepare them to look beyond labels to appreciate the individuality, strengths, and potential of each student they will encounter in their classrooms? This article describes a service-learning course at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, USA, that was developed in response to these questions. Because the attitudes and beliefs of preservice teachers will inform their decision-making and professional practice throughout their careers, teacher educators have used service-learning as a pedagogical tool to shape their thinking about diversity and disability-related issues. A primary goal of providing real-world learning experiences is to promote critical thinking about matters of social justice related to disability. In summary, the author finds that students in the service-learning course benefit personally and professionally from participating, albeit momentarily, in the lives of youths with disabilities. She added that observing and developing personal relationships with their high-school partners cultivates an understanding of social justice and disability issues and encourages preservice teachers to become reflective practitioners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio