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Description - Serve and Learn by Florence Fay Pritchard

This volume makes two important contributions: First, it provides a framework grounded in theory and best professional practice that middle and high school teachers, their students and community partners can use to design, implement and evaluate service-learning projects that address authentic community needs. Second, it demonstrates ways collaborative service-learning can enhance students' intellectual development, promote their academic achievement, strengthen their citizenship skills and accelerate the kinds of educational accountability and reform initiatives emphasized in the national educational standards movement, and the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act. Serve and Learn: provides what may be the only comprehensive guide to implementing, assessing and celebrating service-learning in today's middle and high schools; emphasizes and explicates a collaborative approach to service-learning in which teachers, students and community partners team together to advance learning and meet genuine community needs; demonstrates how service-learning teams use key elements of standards-based education, multiple intelligences theory and cooperative learning to guide project development, implementation, assessment and evaluation; offers optional designs for service-learning projects that are suitable for use by interns and beginning teachers as well as by experienced and master teachers, and that can be used in a developmental sequence by school and, community partners to build from small, individual projects toward school, system and community wide projects; includes end-of-chapter activities that help those who use book as a text practice the model and its strategies and use results to create their own service-learning projects. The book is organized in three parts that present service-learning along a theoretical to practical continuum. Part One lays the foundations for the method by proposing a collaborative model for service-learning. Part Two explicates this model and explains the four sets of processes that teams use to commit to a project, cooperatively determine students' project outcomes and ways to measure them, develop learning activities to help students achieve outcomes, and then evaluate their projects and celebrate growth. Part Three provides resources for carrying out the collaborative model. A wide range of educators will find this book useful. Its distinctive contributions and features are particularly valuable for teacher educators, students, and community partners already committed to service-learning projects; to those who are introducing service-learning into their practice; and to instructional supervisors, school administrators, and community agencies seeking to create a climate for service-learning or to enrich initiatives already underway.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780805844214
ISBN-10: 080584421X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 12-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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