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Service-Learning, Diversity and the Development of Higher Order Thinking Skills

April 27, 2011, 2:30-3:45

Abstract:

Service-learning is touted as a way to help students develop critical thinking skills and respect for cultural diversity. Indeed, service-learning experiences often expose students to a range of perspectives that can challenge superficial notions of difference. Yet ³diversity² and ³critical thinking² are often poorly conceptualized and measured. This session will present findings from a multi-year study designed to explore the impact of service-learning on students, particularly within the context of ³diversity courses.² We will provide clarity about what, specifically, students gain from service-learning with regard to diversity and higher order thinking skills, as well as offer practical suggestions for maximizing outcomes.

PRESENTERS:

Susan Harris, University of Southern California

Darnell Cole, University of Southern California

Sable Manson, University of Southern California

Wendy Stewart, University of Southern California

Heeju Hwang, University of Southern California

 

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