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ERIC Number: EJ950721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0361-6843
Service Learning in a Psychology of Women Course: Transforming Students and the Community
Smirles, Kimberly Eretzian
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v35 n2 p331-334 Jun 2011
Teaching empowers students to find their own voice, critically evaluate the arguments presented to them, create meaningful knowledge by applying content to the real world, and be open to the diverse perspectives of those around them. These ideas are fundamental to feminist pedagogy, which views the classroom as a community of learners where the teacher is not the sole source of knowledge. Service learning is a pedagogical approach that empowers students as active learners and members of a larger community beyond the classroom. Its emphasis on experiential learning and civic responsibility links the curriculum to real community needs (Slavkin, 2007). Service learning is thus rooted in the ideals of feminist pedagogy, and a Psychology of Women (POW) course is a natural fit for such a teaching approach. In this article, the author describes a service-learning project implemented in her own course, and her observations about how it benefitted students and the community.
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Language: English
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