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From Contemplation to Commitment: Framing the First-Year Service-Learning Experience Presented by Dr. Dawn Duncan Dr. Joan Kopperud Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. SERVICE-LEARNING.
Framing the First-Year Service-Learning Experience
Dr. Dawn Duncan
Dr. Joan Kopperud
Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
…a teaching and learning method that upholds a commitment to appreciating the assets of and serving the needs of a community partner while enhancing student learning and academic rigor through the practice of intentional, reflective thinking and responsible civic action.
to deliberate consciously about the challenges, needs, and expectations of the service experience
Brainstorm issues at your school or in the wider local area that are currently in the news or being debated. Which of these issues do you need to learn more about? Make a plan for how you can become more informed on this issue so that you might reach a positive public judgment. Follow through with the plan and begin a course of action based on your judgment. Document this entire process and share it with at least three other people.
the on-site work undertaken with community partners in order to meet learning and serving objectives
the lens through which you think critically about the experience, deeply considering how the action intentionally links to specific learning goals
Think back over your entire service-learning experience. Select one day around which you may shape a creative non-fiction short story. Perhaps reviewing your journal entries may help you make your selection. Recall the literary elements that are present in all well constructed stories.
a disciplined effort to act upon your belief in the communal necessity of service and in the benefits it affords all involved
Identify some social aspect that deeply concerns you because of a value you hold dearly. What do you think are the underlying issues surrounding the problem? What life skills do you need to develop to address these issues? How will these skills translate into concrete action? Use the graphic organizer to critically think through the issue(s) and your response.
…using a journal approach
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