Melding Service Learning and Leadership Skills Development: Keys to Effective Course Design

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TitleMelding Service Learning and Leadership Skills Development: Keys to Effective Course Design
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLester, SW
JournalJournal of Experiential Education
Volume38
Issue3
Pagination280 - 295
Date Published2015/09/01/
ISBN Number1053-8259
AbstractThe author presents keys to designing a class that successfully melds service learning and student leadership development. These prescriptions are based on the lessons learned over 8 years of teaching a class titled “Community Leadership.” This class emphasizes experiential learning and revolves around service learning projects. The article begins by describing the theoretical foundations that informed the decision making during the ongoing development of this class. Next, the planning process that occurred prior to the initial offering of the course is discussed. Feedback from researching other leadership programs, conversations with local community leaders at the outset, and feedback elicited from project liaisons and student participants in subsequent years highlighted the biggest challenges associated with facilitating student leadership development in a service learning context, informed ongoing course adjustments, and shaped the evolution of the class. The connections between the multi-source feedback, class refinements, and suggested keys to success are reviewed.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1053825915576196
Short TitleJournal of Experiential Education