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Faculty Service Learning Manuals / Toolkits
Misunderstandings about academic service-learning, as well as the absence of a service-learning course design publication, have motivated the development of this workbook. It is dedicated to clarifying the range of what qualifies as academic service-learning, and prescribing a planning process for designing and developing a bona fide service-learning course. The specific aims of this workbook are: 1) to clear up the confusion about academic service-learning, 2) to establish clear criteria by which we can judge candidacy for service-learning coursers, 3) to fill the gap for a service-learning course design workbook, and 4) to strengthen individual and collective service-learning practice. This workbook, then, unravels the confusion behind, and establishes a clear conceptualization for, academic service-learning - a pedagogical model that involves sophisticated teaching skills as well as sophisticated learning skills. And it offers a planning process for designing and developing a service-learning course that subscribes to this conceptualization, that is applicable to new and existing service-learning courses, and that is useful for novice and veteran service-learning faculty.
The materials in the toolkit are divided into ten units designed to aid faculty in every step of planning, designing, and implementing service-learning programs into their curriculum and institutions as well as program evaluation and assessment. Each unit includes tips and in-depth content information about the topic presented and most units include case studies providing 'real life' experiences for readers to learn from.