Acting Locally: Concepts and Models for Service Learning in by Harold Ward

By Harold Ward

9th within the Service-Learning within the Disciplines sequence, this ebook discusses the pervasive use of service-learning in environmental reviews courses and explains why it usually is a required a part of the environmental reports curriculum. individuals from quite a lot of university and college environmental stories courses speak about the advantages and demanding situations those courses offer and the resultant ordinary healthy among environmental experiences and service-learning.

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This Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program ultimately brought faculty and undergraduate students from the United States to ZimapAn to work with Mexican faculty and students. In a project such as this, it becomes difficult if not impossible to separate student work from that of the faculty.

Students are involved in the planning. While they do not choose the project itself, students develop the work plan and are encouraged to take the initiative in all phases of the study. The faculty provide guidance when needed, but the project is student-driven. 6. The service students pevform will make a meaningful contribution to the community. The information and recommendations students make are important both to the local community and to state agencies that receive the report. Many of the recommendations from past studies have been implemented by local or state organizations.

Finally, student work on local environmental projects has generated greater interest in the final product on the part of both the college administration and the local press. Reporters frequently write articles describing class projects near the begnning of a semester and then go on to cover final presentations. This press coverage has enhanced student appreciation of the importance and relevance of their work; it has also motivated them to increase the quantity and quality of their work. Our class has conducted a variety of research projects over the last 15 years.

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