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Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v34 n1 p6-12 Jun 2008

Service learning involves providing service to the community while requiring students to meet learning goals in a specific course. A service learning project was implemented in a general biology course at Rockhurst University to involve students in promoting scientific education in conjunction with community partner educators. Students were required to develop learning objectives, design and complete a community service exercise, and write reflection papers to assess the quality of their learning experience. Rockhurst students worked with high school or grade school students in the local community, providing learning experiences relating to course topics. Information gathered through reflection papers showed high student achievement and satisfaction in the following areas: 1) contributing to the learning of others, 2) contributing to their own learning, and 3) supporting the mission of the university. (Contains 1 figure and 6 tables.)

Descriptors: Service Learning, Biology, Learning Experience, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, High School Students, Elementary School Students, Charter Schools, Urban Schools, Science Education, Science Instruction, College Science, Instructional Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, College Students

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Author: Felzien, Lisa; Salem, Laura


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