Service-Learning in Literacy, Elementary and Early Education
Thank you for your interest in service-learning in Literacy, Elementary & Early Education. Service-learning, like student teaching placements are experiential, but tend to focus more on reciprocity and civic learning.
The CCE can help you create or deepen your service-learning class. We provide models of other courses, sample syllabi, resources for course construction, reflective analysis tools, and risk management support.
(1) Service-learning activity in a postsecondary setting usually falls into two categories:
Category A: Teaching/tutoring/sharing knowledge from the class
Example: Service-learners from Kentucky State University construct a concrete representation of a teaching concept which is left with preschool and elementary teachers for their future use.2
Category B: Using information in the class to doing something with/for a community organization.
Example: Service-learners from Gustavus Adolphus College tutor children in ESL classrooms.3
(2) Having the skills and experience to integrate service-learning themselves may be more valuable than participating in service-learning. Mary J. Syfax Noble, elementary school administrator in the Minneapolis Public Schools explains:
"[Service-learning] assists schools in making important connections to the broader community...is a critical part of the entire school-reform picture...because service-learning does not compete with the standard curriculum. It supports and deepens the curriculum for all students...An important first step is to make sure service-learning is tied into the school’s mission or vision." 4
Ellie Galvez-Hard has instructed several service-learning classes and may be willing and able to share advice.
Susan Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy in Elementary and Early Education.
All resources vailable in the CCE Resource Library.