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ERIC Number: EJ909072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1812-9129
Learning through Life Books: Teaching Human Growth and Development in an Emotionally Rich Community Context
Korsmo, John; Baker-Sennett, Jacquelyn; Nicholas, Trula
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v21 n3 p382-389 2009
One challenge experienced by many educators working in pre-professional programs involves designing courses to support students as they learn how to apply subject area knowledge to professional practice. This article describes a successful collaborative community-based project that contextualizes the often abstract and predominately linear theories of human development through the creation of life books for children in the foster care system. The learning activity includes upper division undergraduate Human Services students reviewing case files, contacting, interviewing, and meeting with members of the adoptive child's families, researching the child's medical background, and documenting the child's life story to date. This method supports students' understanding of human development within the context of the systems in which they will be working.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington