Service Learning Develops Teaching DispositionsReport as inadecuate

Service Learning Develops Teaching Dispositions - Download this document for free, or read online. Document in PDF available to download.

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v9 n2 p77-89 2004

This study was performed to determine if a first-year experience course with a service-learning component could help students achieve teaching dispositions and make freshmen more satisfied with their college experience. "Teaching dispositions" are the set of desirable habits and ways of thinking and acting necessary for successful teachers. Students participated in a first year experience course titled "What is Teaching?" In the service-learning component of this one-semester course, students tutored ESL (English as a Second Language) children once a week at a nearby elementary school. Each week the freshmen handed in a short report about their experiences in and reaction to the course. This article provides an overview of the project; describes the views of the first-year experience students over time that relate to teaching dispositions; and outlines what students believe they learned by participating. This project supports research and outcomes related to teaching dispositions and the impact of service-learning on those dispositions.

Descriptors: Service Learning, Knowledge Base for Teaching, College Freshmen, English (Second Language), English Instruction, Student Teaching, College School Cooperation, Student Experience, Pretests Posttests, Attitude Change, Student Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Observation, Student Journals

Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, University of Georgia and the Institute of Higher Education. Treanor House, 1234 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602. Tel: 706-542-6167; Fax: 706-542-6124; e-mail: jheoe[at]; Web site:

Author: Ruppert, Nancy B.


Related documents