Learning Through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities

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"[This] is a self-directed guide for college students engaged in service-learning. The purpose of the book is to walk the reader through elements of learning and serving by focusing on how students can 'best provide meaningful service to a community agency or organization while simultaneously gaining new skills, knowledge, and understanding as an integrated aspect of the [student's] academic program.' [The authors] bring their expertise to the pages of this helpful and practical guide for college students engaged in service-learning. Intended as ...

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Learning Through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities

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Overview

"[This] is a self-directed guide for college students engaged in service-learning. The purpose of the book is to walk the reader through elements of learning and serving by focusing on how students can 'best provide meaningful service to a community agency or organization while simultaneously gaining new skills, knowledge, and understanding as an integrated aspect of the [student's] academic program.' [The authors] bring their expertise to the pages of this helpful and practical guide for college students engaged in service-learning. Intended as a textbook, this work reads like a conversation between the authors and the college student learner. The publication is student-friendly, comprehensive, easy-to-follow, and full of helpful activities."— Journal of College Student Development

This substantially expanded new edition of this widely-used and acclaimed text maintains the objectives and tenets of the first. It is designed to help students understand and reflect on their community service experiences both as individuals and as citizens of communities in need of their compassionate expertise. It is designed to assist faculty in facilitating student development of compassionate expertise through the context of service in applying disciplinary knowledge to community issues and challenges. In sum, the book is about how to make academic sense of civic service in preparing for roles as future citizen leaders.

This edition presents four new chapters on Mentoring, Leadership, Becoming a Change Agent, and Short-Term Immersive and Global Service-Learning Experiences. The authors have also revised the original chapters to more fully address issues of social justice, privilege/power, diversity, intercultural communication, and technology; have added more disciplinary examples; incorporated additional academic content for understanding service-learning issues (e.g., attribution theory); and cover issues related to students with disabilities, and international students.

This text is a student-friendly, self-directed guide to service-learning that:

• Develops the skills needed to succeed
• Clearly links service-learning to the learning goals of the course
• Combines self-study and peer-study workbook formats with activities that can be incorporated in class, to give teachers maximum flexibility in structuring their service-learning courses
• Promotes independent and collaborative learning
• Equally suitable for courses of a few weeks’ or a few months’ duration
• Shows students how to assess progress and communicate end-results
• Written for students participating in service learning as a class, but also suitable for students working individually on a project.

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Editorial Reviews

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REVIEW OF THE FIRST EDITION

"[This] is a self-directed guide for college students engaged in service-learning. The purpose of the book is to walk the reader through elements of learning and serving by focusing on how students can 'best provide meaningful service to a community agency or organization while simultaneously gaining new skills, knowledge, and understanding as an integrated aspect of the [student's] academic program.' [The authors] bring their expertise to the pages of this helpful and practical guide for college students engaged in service-learning. Intended as a textbook, this work reads like a conversation between the authors and the college student learner. The publication is student-friendly, comprehensive, easy to follow, and full of helpful activities."

REVIEW OF THE FIRST EDITION

“Finally, a companion reader for students in service-learning courses! It is filled with meaningful exercises to help students make sense of their service experience and relate it to the course content. This is an important contribution to the field of service learning and faculty should utilize this book to help students understand and make the most of their service-learning experience.”

Journal of College Student Development
REVIEW OF THE FIRST EDITION

"[This] is a self-directed guide for college students engaged in service-learning. The purpose of the book is to walk the reader through elements of learning and serving by focusing on how students can 'best provide meaningful service to a community agency or organization while simultaneously gaining new skills, knowledge, and understanding as an integrated aspect of the [student's] academic program.' [The authors] bring their expertise to the pages of this helpful and practical guide for college students engaged in service-learning. Intended as a textbook, this work reads like a conversation between the authors and the college student learner. The publication is student-friendly, comprehensive, easy to follow, and full of helpful activities."

Elaine K. Ikeda
REVIEW OF THE FIRST EDITION

“Finally, a companion reader for students in service-learning courses! It is filled with meaningful exercises to help students make sense of their service experience and relate it to the course content. This is an important contribution to the field of service learning and faculty should utilize this book to help students understand and make the most of their service-learning experience.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579229894
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/28/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine M. Cress is Professor, Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE) Program, Portland State University.

Peter J. Collier is Associate Professor of Sociology at Portland State University.

Vicki L. Reitenauer is an instructor in the senior Capstone service-learning program at Portland State University.

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Table of Contents

FIGURES
EXERCISES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PREFACE
INTRODUCTION: Why a Book about Learning through Serving? - Christine M. Cress

PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING THE LEARNING-THROUGH-SERVING PROPOSITION
1. WHAT IS SERVICE-LEARNING? – Christine M. Cress
2. BUILDING AND MAINTAINING COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS – Vicki L. Reitenauer, Amy Spring, Kevin Kecskes, Seanna M. Kerrigan, Christine M. Cress, and Peter J. Collier
3. BECOMING COMMUNITY: Moving From I to We – Vicki L. Reitenauer

PART TWO: LEARNING THE LANDSCAPE, LEARNING THE LANGUAGE
4. GROUPS ARE FUN, GROUPS ARE NOT FUN: Teamwork for the Common Good – Peter J. Collier and Janelle D. Voegele
5 CREATING CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: Navigating Difference, Investigating Power, Unpacking Privilege – Vicki L. Reitenauer, Christine M. Cress, and Janet Bennett

PART THREE: FACILITATING LEARNING AND MEANING-MAKING INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
6. REFLECTION IN ACTION: The Learning–Doing Relationship – Peter J. Collier and Dilafruz R. Williams
7. MENTORING: Relationship Building for Empowerment – Peter J. Collier
Mentoring
8. LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE-LEARNING: Leveraging Change – Peter J. Collier
9. FAILURE WITH THE BEST OF INTENTIONS: When Things Go Wrong – Janelle D. Voegele and Devorah Lieberman
10. EXPANDING HORIZONS: New Views of Course Concepts – Christine M. Cress and Judy Patton

PART FOUR: ASSESSING THE ENGAGEMENT EFFORT
11. BEYOND A GRADE: Are We Making a Difference? The Benefits and Challenges of Evaluating Learning and Serving – Sherril B. Gelmon, Susan Agre-Kippenhan, and Christine M. Cress
12. GLOBAL AND IMMERSIVE SERVICE-LEARNING: What You Need to Know as You Go – Christine M. Cress, Stephanie T. Stokamer, Thomas J. Van Cleave, Chithra Edwin
13. START ANYWHERE, FOLLOW IT EVERYWHERE: Agents of Change – Vicki Reitenauer
14. LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD: Where Do You Go from Here? – Peter J. Collier and Vicki L. Reitenauer

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
INDEX

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