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ERIC Number: EJ932203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Building Community Partnerships: Learning to Serve while Learning to Teach
Baker, Pamela Hudson; Murray, Mary M.
School Community Journal, v21 n1 p113-127 2011
Service learning is a well researched pedagogical approach to the scholarship of teaching and learning. This essay describes two special education teacher preparation approaches that successfully linked candidate learning outcomes together with service to the community. One approach attached undergraduate teacher candidates in special education with an elementary school to facilitate the delivery of an afterschool learning program for students in need of additional skill development. The other approach connected graduate candidates with community partners in support of the development and implementation of specific projects of value to the community agency. Each of these collaborative learning opportunities created a win for the community partner and a win for the teacher candidates, as each of these opportunities better prepared these candidates to build a strong sense of community from within their school and also by reaching beyond the walls of their own setting.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Special Education Teachers, Skill Development, Special Education, Teaching Methods, Teacher Education, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Outcomes of Education, Preservice Teachers, After School Programs, Elementary Schools, Educational Opportunities, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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