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Service Learning: Engagement And Academic Achievement Of Second Language Acquisition Students In An Advanced Grammar Course While Participating In Service Learning Activities, Sara T. Ulloa Dec 2012

Service Learning: Engagement And Academic Achievement Of Second Language Acquisition Students In An Advanced Grammar Course While Participating In Service Learning Activities, Sara T. Ulloa

Theses and Dissertations

Service learning has been proposed as a way to create a meaningful environment for the language acquisition process (Weldon & Trautmann, 2003). As a pedagogical tool for second language acquisition the greatest benefit of utilizing service learning activities is that it creates connections to the target language community and provides authentic experiences for target language use (Long, 2003; Morris, 2001). However, there is no detailed record of how service learning actually impacts language and culture acquisition (Bloom, 2008). This multiple case study describes the ways in which four advanced Spanish learners engaged with service learning and the influence of this activity on their ability to communicate in the target language. Each case provides triangulated descriptions of what actually occurred when students went onsite to engage in service learning activities, what their personal reflections were on the experience, and how ...


Service Learning Today: The Perceptions Of Teachers And Service-Learning Professionals, Katrina C. Freedberg Jul 2012

Service Learning Today: The Perceptions Of Teachers And Service-Learning Professionals, Katrina C. Freedberg

Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

This study explores the experience of service learning in schools today. Guiding this inquiry was the question, “How do service-learning professionals approach, implement, and perceive service learning, and to what degree do these elements affect how they collaborate with others?” To this end, I sought to learn more about how intentions and outcomes become translated by community service organizations, teachers, and students into actual service learning experiences. Based on individual interviews, the findings indicate the need to reconcile service-learning experiences with the ideals that inform them. The process of applying service learning is most characterized by the variety of motives ...


The Impact Of Service-Learning On General Education Outcomes At A Community College In Virginia, Sonya Lisette Landas Jul 2012

The Impact Of Service-Learning On General Education Outcomes At A Community College In Virginia, Sonya Lisette Landas

Educational Foundations & Leadership Theses & Dissertations

Service-learning is an instructional method designed to cultivate interaction between students and their communities in order to improve the learning process. Although there is a wealth of information available pertaining to the development and implementation of service-learning in higher education, evidence supporting the impact of service-learning on general education outcomes at a community college is minimal. The current study investigated the impact of service-learning on two general education outcomes at a local community college: critical thinking and personal growth (measured by two subtasks on the Student Developmental Task and Lifestyle Assessment). The researcher used an Analysis of Variance with repeated ...


A Social Justice Approach: Exploring Umass Boston’S Service Learning Partnership With The Boston Public Schools To Develop High School Students’ College And Career Readiness, Laura Hayden, Amy Cook, Robert Gracia, Jason Youmatz, Elizabeth Walsh May 2012

A Social Justice Approach: Exploring Umass Boston’S Service Learning Partnership With The Boston Public Schools To Develop High School Students’ College And Career Readiness, Laura Hayden, Amy Cook, Robert Gracia, Jason Youmatz, Elizabeth Walsh

Counseling and School Psychology Faculty Publication Series

Through partnership with two BPS high schools, school counseling graduate students engage in service learning and participate in organized experiences that meet school needs and are coordinated with graduate students' learning goals. School counseling students meet with BPS students individually and through classroom interventions to assist in the college/career process and prepare them for post-secondary educational options. This session will describe the partnership, including direct experiences shared by graduate students.


The Effect Of Service Learning On Community College Communication Students, Margaret Shu-Mei Sass May 2012

The Effect Of Service Learning On Community College Communication Students, Margaret Shu-Mei Sass

Boise State University Theses and Dissertations

This study discusses the implementation of a service learning component in the first year college communication 101 level courses. Through the execution of a service learning component in college communication classes at a community college, student’s communicative competency and attitude toward community service is assessed. Using two different delivery approaches, a quantitative study assessed the pre-test and post-test of the standardized tools Communicative Adaptability Scale (CAS) and Community Service Attitudes Scale (CSAS). Eight sections of the communication 101 courses were distributed into two groups: 1) the experimental group consisting of 4 classes, and (2) the control group consisting of ...


Harbor Point Outreach Partnership, Walter Derney Center, Joan Arches, Kim Bomba Apr 2012

Harbor Point Outreach Partnership, Walter Derney Center, Joan Arches, Kim Bomba

Office of Community Partnerships Posters

The Harbor Point Outreach Partnership is a community-university tutoring and afterschool youth enrichment program based on the work of students in service-learning classes, volunteers and work study students from UMass Boston and the Community. We are part of the UMASS Boston-Harbor Point Apartment Community Memorandum of Agreement. Our primary partner is the Walter Denney Youth Center and most activities take place at this location. We also partner with the Dever-McCormack School.


Service Works!: Collaboration Between Vocational Rehabilitation And National Service Programs As An Avenue Towards Employment For Vr Clients, Sheila Fesko, Allison Hall, Institute For Community Inclusion, University Of Massachusetts Boston Apr 2012

Service Works!: Collaboration Between Vocational Rehabilitation And National Service Programs As An Avenue Towards Employment For Vr Clients, Sheila Fesko, Allison Hall, Institute For Community Inclusion, University Of Massachusetts Boston

Office of Community Partnerships Posters

Volunteering and engaging in community service are effective avenues for personal and professional development, service participants actively contribute and to strengthen their communities. For people with limited vocational experience, national service can be part if a long-range employment plan. Service can allow VR clients to develop vocational skills, gain work experience, engage in career exploration build professional networks.


Community Health Nursing Service Learning, Joyce K. Edmonds, Diane Coste Apr 2012

Community Health Nursing Service Learning, Joyce K. Edmonds, Diane Coste

Office of Community Partnerships Posters

Through the Service Learning Course, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, RN-BS Online Program, Senior Level Course, Community Health for RN’s and NU 461, 6 credits Student Body Registered Nurses (70-105 each semester) throughout the state seeking to obtain a Bachelor in Science of Nursing. The Institute of Medicine, Future of Nursing Report recommends increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020. Instructional Aim Students obtain a better understanding of public health and nursing theory and practice as they further develop their professional and civic identities through meaningful service to their communities. Service Learning ...


Urban Partnerships Promoting Academic Excellence, Amy L. Cook, Laura A. Hayden, Robert A. Gracia Apr 2012

Urban Partnerships Promoting Academic Excellence, Amy L. Cook, Laura A. Hayden, Robert A. Gracia

Office of Community Partnerships Posters

Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the University preparation programs have developed a collaborative partnership that shares a vision for charting bright futures for all students. This program aims that incorporating service learning in curricula will prepare school counseling students to promote educational excellence and equity among urban youth, and Co-creating school counseling interventions between UMass Boston faculty and BPS personnel will foster communication and meet student needs.


Enhancing The Team Experience In Service Learning Courses, Audrey Falk Apr 2012

Enhancing The Team Experience In Service Learning Courses, Audrey Falk

Education Faculty Publications

Service learning is pervasive in higher education today, with 31 percent of students at Campus Compact member schools engaging in service activities (Campus Compact, 2009) and universities’ missions and strategic planning documents increasingly aimed at developing engaged citizens. Service learning has many potential benefits for college students; among those benefits is the opportunity to develop and practice teamwork skills. The present paper describes the strategies used in a team-based service learning course to support positive team experiences for students.


Section Abstracts: Education Apr 2012

Section Abstracts: Education

Virginia Journal of Science

Abstracts of the Education Section for the 90th Annual Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science, May 23-25, 2012, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia.


Enhancing Cross-Cultural Competencies Through Online Social Networking, Mary Moeller Mar 2012

Enhancing Cross-Cultural Competencies Through Online Social Networking, Mary Moeller

SoTL Commons Conference

Participants will consider the educational utility of an online social networking site linking diverse populations in a service-learning project, and will discuss opportunities and challenges to reducing stereotypes through such online interaction. The session will begin with a review of findings from a study in which teacher candidates used an online social networking site to connect with Native American high school students in a service-learning project. Course instructors developed the site in response to the candidates' expressed need for greater interaction with these students. We evaluated the educational value of the site through both qualitative and quantitative analysis of candidate ...


Are Students Learning? Evaluating The Academic And Experiential Components Of Service-Learning, Eve Rapp Caudill Mar 2012

Are Students Learning? Evaluating The Academic And Experiential Components Of Service-Learning, Eve Rapp Caudill

SoTL Commons Conference

Research has pointed to a myriad of benefits associated with experiential learning, including students' enhanced critical thinking and improved decision making skills and their increased ability to connect traditional academic learning with “real world” application. Service-learning, a form of experiential learning, includes a community involvement component and thus is seen as contributing to students' civic-minded growth as well. Increased interest in service-learning brings with it the challenge of how to effectively structure and evaluate the learning component in service learning. The use of reflection assignments is cited as one of the tools that can motivate deeper, more reflective thinking in ...


The Impact Of Service: Cultural Understanding And International Service-Learning With Bridgewater State University, Nikki Sauber Jan 2012

The Impact Of Service: Cultural Understanding And International Service-Learning With Bridgewater State University, Nikki Sauber

Undergraduate Review

This mixed-method study examined the impact that international community service experiences have had on college students’ academic learning, cultural understanding, global interest, and sense of global citizenship after studying abroad through programs hosted by Bridgewater State University (BSU). Survey questionnaires were distributed to 427 BSU students who participated in university-sponsored international travel in the past 3 years. A total of 80 students returned completed surveys, and 10 respondents volunteered to participate in face-to-face interviews to elaborate on their experience abroad. Survey results show that 63% of respondents did not have a service component in their travel program, and 74% of ...


Small Spaces Big Living: A Community Housing Project, Barry Sheehan Jan 2012

Small Spaces Big Living: A Community Housing Project, Barry Sheehan

Posters

Interior and Furniture Design students taking Construction Studies worked with older people resident in Dublin City Council housing in the North Central area, to develop low-cost suggestions for improvements to the interiors of their apartments.


Community Based Research By Applying Chemistry, Claire M. Mcdonnell Jan 2012

Community Based Research By Applying Chemistry, Claire M. Mcdonnell

Posters

Students have been involved in several chemistry research projects with communities: breath and urine testing for alcohol with the Garda Road Safety Unit; a long-term study of soil Quality for a Grangegorman Community Garden; and work placements with Wells for Zoe, a charity based in Malawi, including soil and water testing, and development of teaching materials for science.


Chemical Sciences In The Community, Claire M. Mcdonnell Jan 2012

Chemical Sciences In The Community, Claire M. Mcdonnell

Posters

Students in the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences have been involved for many years in collaborative projects - from giving talks in schools to running workshops for children in youth projects, and from conducting chemical risk assessments to hosting science showcases – with a wide range of community partners.


Tourism Heritage And Culture Trains In Kilmainham And Inchicore, Dublin., Catherine Gorman Jan 2012

Tourism Heritage And Culture Trains In Kilmainham And Inchicore, Dublin., Catherine Gorman

Posters

Students on this project liaised with local community members in order to develop a number of themed posters and two videos focusing on their ideas for the development of Heritage and Cultural trails in the Inchicore and Kilmainham areas of Dublin.


Tourism: Destination And Product Marketing Planning: Glasnevin Trust Museum, Glasnevin, Dublin., Catherine Gorman Jan 2012

Tourism: Destination And Product Marketing Planning: Glasnevin Trust Museum, Glasnevin, Dublin., Catherine Gorman

Posters

The objective of this project was to produce a tourism marketing plan for Glasnevin Trust Museum, Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland. Tourism students worked with the Trust to develop possible plans.


First Year Product Design Students, Carmel Rooney, Gregor Timlin Jan 2012

First Year Product Design Students, Carmel Rooney, Gregor Timlin

Posters

As part of the BSc (hons) Degree in Product Design, first year students combined the skills learned in the Communication and Design Modules to work with the Dypsraxia Association of Ireland, to develop concept designs for objects to facilitate everyday living for people with dyspraxia.


College Awareness Of Road Safety (Cars) And Dit Civil Engineering Students, Valerie Fenton Jan 2012

College Awareness Of Road Safety (Cars) And Dit Civil Engineering Students, Valerie Fenton

Posters

The aim of this project was to raise awareness of the vulnerability of road users such as pedestrians and cyclists, in collaboration with the Garda Road Safety Unit. Civil Engineering students and Tourism Marketing students collaboratively researched user behaviour at inner-city junctions, and developed and costed proposals to improve the design of the junctions.


Community Dietetics, Sheila Sugrue Jan 2012

Community Dietetics, Sheila Sugrue

Posters

The aim of this project was to link groups of 3 to 4 final year students with community projects interested in participating where a specific nutrition need would be identified and addressed collaboratively.


Clic News: A News Website For Children, Kate Shanahan Jan 2012

Clic News: A News Website For Children, Kate Shanahan

Posters

CliC News is a collaboration between the DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office and the School of Media, DIT. Students in Journalism plan, edit, and write articles for an interactive news website for primary school children, fostering literacy and computer literacy among the children, as well as an engagement with current affairs.


Gaelic 4 Girls: A Partnership Approach To Dit Student And Local Community Development, Sinead Mcnulty Jan 2012

Gaelic 4 Girls: A Partnership Approach To Dit Student And Local Community Development, Sinead Mcnulty

Posters

This is a collaborative project between Dublin Institute of Technology, the Ladies Gaelic Football Association and Dublin City Council, providing students with the opportunity to qualify as gaelic football coaches and referees, and providing girls in inner-city clubs with coaching by DIT students.


Ocd Ireland:Fundraising By First Year Dit Engineering Students, Leslie Shoemaker Jan 2012

Ocd Ireland:Fundraising By First Year Dit Engineering Students, Leslie Shoemaker

Posters

Groups of students were asked to develope and execute a fundraising activity to assist the activities of the OCD Ireland an organisation providing support to people with obsessive compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder and trichotillomania.


Second Level School Visits By Dit Engineering And Science Students, Leslie Shoemaker Jan 2012

Second Level School Visits By Dit Engineering And Science Students, Leslie Shoemaker

Posters

The purpose of this project was to help secondary school pupils understand what is involved in studying Science and Engineering at third level, and to help DIT students in these areas develop a range of professional and communication skills.


Laptops4africa: Fundraising By First Year Computer Science Students, Leslie Shoemaker Jan 2012

Laptops4africa: Fundraising By First Year Computer Science Students, Leslie Shoemaker

Posters

This project involved computing students developing and running fundraising activities to support the work of Wells for Zoe in Malawi, providing clean water to communities. The students developed a range of transferable and professional skills from this project.


Redesigning Studio Apartments For Sheltered Accomodation Using Colour Theory, Kerry Meakin Jan 2012

Redesigning Studio Apartments For Sheltered Accomodation Using Colour Theory, Kerry Meakin

Posters

First year interior Design and Furniture Students study colour theory as part of a second semester module on colour and perception, and as part of this brief worked with older residents in Dublin City Council housing in Raheny and Kilbarrack to collaboratively produce colour palettes and mood boards that the older people could use at home.


Energy And The Environment: Electrical Services Engineering Students Work With Local School Pupils, Joseph Teehan Jan 2012

Energy And The Environment: Electrical Services Engineering Students Work With Local School Pupils, Joseph Teehan

Posters

As part of their module Energy and the Environment, first year students in the B Tech Electrical Services Engineering had the option to engage with first year secondary school pupils in Synge Street CBS, to support them in the classroom in learning science and engineering concepts.


Primary School Children's Vision Screening Project, Mozambique, Aoife Phelan Jan 2012

Primary School Children's Vision Screening Project, Mozambique, Aoife Phelan

Posters

Students on the BSc in Optometry who volunteer with the Mozambique Eyecare Project do vision screenings with local children, supervised by DIT lecturers. These screenings are accredited as part of the students’ learning, and benefit both the children and the students.