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College of Agricultural Sciences Department Agricultural, Economics, Sociology, and Education AEE 201-Interpersonal Skills for Tomorrow’s Leaders Guidelines for Service Learning Experiences “Applying Your Knowledge and Serving Humanity” 207 Ferguson Building The Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-2601 Telephone: (814) 863-7415 FAX: (814) 863-4753
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College of Agricultural Sciences Department Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education AEE 201-Interpersonal Skills for Tomorrow’s Leaders Guidelines for Service Learning Experiences For further information on how to “apply your knowledge and serving humanity ,” contact: Dr. Connie D. Baggett 207 Ferguson Building Telephone: (814) 863-7415 Email: [email protected] Department Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-2601 FAX: (814) 863-4753
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Service Learning What is Service Learning? In the U.S., a school program that integrates citizenship values into education by involving students in community service, often as a requirement for graduation. It is a method under which students or participants learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community; is coordinated with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community service program, and with the community; and helps foster civic responsibility; and that is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students, or the educational components of the community service program in which the participants are enrolled; and provides structured time for the students or participants to reflect on the service experience." ( 42 U.S. Code 12511) It is incorporating community service into education. Service-Learning Project : 40% (200 pts - culminating paper and log; 200 pts - final presentation) The purpose of this project is to help students appreciate and recognize the connection between leadership and community service. This project is meant to be meaningful for each student; therefore, time and attention will be given to each student in selecting an appropriate site. Students can choose to work individually, or in groups of up to three people. A minimum of 20 hours of community service , throughout the semester, will be required for each student. Students will have the option of completing 15 hours at the primary service site, and using the final 5 hours to dedicate to participating in a service project with a student activity/association in which they are currently involved. Assignments associated with this project: Personal log - Students are to keep a dated log of their community service that includes activities, accomplishments, reactions and learning outcomes for each week. (50 points) Needs assessment paper – During the project, each student should interview someone with a leadership capacity within the chosen group or organization. The interview should focus on the strengths of the organization, as well as the weaknesses and organizational needs.
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