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Combining Civic Engagement and Traditional Research: A Second Option
Unformatted Document Text:  visit of the high schoolers to campus for a UN training day. Students must each lead a workshop of 10-12 high schoolers, lead discussions of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, help with regular conference activities (e.g., registration, etc.), and introduce them to college life in hopes of inducing the students to attend college after high school. In addition, they must research one organ or associated agency of the UN (e.g., WHO, UNICEF, ILO) to evaluate what its current mission is in the world, whether or not it is achieving it, and what its connection is to the greater metropolitan area. Students then prepare to teach one of the high school classes that attends the Model UN program at the high school about their research, thus adding the element of dissemination in the community, after a practice presentation before our class. At the end of the semester, they submit a final project which includes the research paper on their organ/agency, a copy of their presentation to the high schoolers, and a reflective evaluation of their civic engagement experience.(McCartney, 2006) 1 Overall, the class functions much like a seminar, but with an added service-learning component. Students who earn a grade of B or higher have the option of taking the Civic Engagement Research Internship class in the spring. 2 The first time that I offered this course, I did not have this requirement for selection, and hence two students who were not really dedicated and/or had insufficient skills to pursue the advanced research that was required were allowed to take it, with suboptimal results in the quality of their research and lack of research conference participation. Hence, I find the previous semester a useful indicator of continued success. I allow students two options. The one-credit option requires students only to continue working with the service- learning component. They serve as “school coaches” for the high schoolers who are continuing their preparation for the Model UN conference in March, work the actual conference, and write a 4

Authors: McCartney, Alison.
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visit of the high schoolers to campus for a UN training day. Students must each lead a workshop
of 10-12 high schoolers, lead discussions of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, help with
regular conference activities (e.g., registration, etc.), and introduce them to college life in hopes
of inducing the students to attend college after high school. In addition, they must research one
organ or associated agency of the UN (e.g., WHO, UNICEF, ILO) to evaluate what its current
mission is in the world, whether or not it is achieving it, and what its connection is to the greater
metropolitan area. Students then prepare to teach one of the high school classes that attends the
Model UN program at the high school about their research, thus adding the element of
dissemination in the community, after a practice presentation before our class. At the end of the
semester, they submit a final project which includes the research paper on their organ/agency, a
copy of their presentation to the high schoolers, and a reflective evaluation of their civic
engagement experience.(McCartney, 2006)
Overall, the class functions much like a seminar,
but with an added service-learning component.
Students who earn a grade of B or higher have the option of taking the Civic Engagement
Research Internship class in the spring.
The first time that I offered this course, I did not have
this requirement for selection, and hence two students who were not really dedicated and/or had
insufficient skills to pursue the advanced research that was required were allowed to take it, with
suboptimal results in the quality of their research and lack of research conference participation.
Hence, I find the previous semester a useful indicator of continued success. I allow students two
options. The one-credit option requires students only to continue working with the service-
learning component. They serve as “school coaches” for the high schoolers who are continuing
their preparation for the Model UN conference in March, work the actual conference, and write a
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