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The University of San Francisco

Sociology

2012

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Promoting Social Justice Through Service-Learning In Urban Teacher Education: The Role Of Student Voice, Noah E. Borrero, J Conner, A Mejia Jan 2012

Promoting Social Justice Through Service-Learning In Urban Teacher Education: The Role Of Student Voice, Noah E. Borrero, J Conner, A Mejia

School of Education Faculty Research

Although service-learning is becoming more common in teacher education programs (Anderson & Erickson 2003), few detailed case descriptions show how service-learning can help to promote a social justice orientation for prospective teachers. A comparative descriptive analysis of projects within two teacher preparation programs--one focused on training undergraduates and one focused on training graduate students--illustrates how service-learning, when undergirded by student voice work, prepares prospective educators to teach for social justice in urban classrooms. We identify commonalities in our two approaches to integrating service-learning and student voice into the teacher education curriculum, and we show how our distinctive efforts support prospective teachers ...