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Fostering Student Leadership in Tackling Community-Based Problems
Unformatted Document Text:  Introduction As a political scientist teaching at a liberal arts school, I am committed to teaching students in ways that maximize their learning. Many students (including myself) learn best by doing. As such, the practice of experiential learning is intended to increase learning by enabling students to engage subject matter outside of the classroom. One particular form of experiential learning – service learning – requires that students “give back” to partners outside the classroom in the form of volunteerism or community service. When I was selected as a Campus Compact-Carnegie Foundation Fellow in Spring of 2007, I decided to employ my fellowship in the development of a service- learning course for a major-required course entitled Government in Action: Public Policy. Teaching the course enables me to evaluate student learning outcomes through service-learning particularly geared at answering the following questions: To what extent is service-learning valuable in the enhancement of student learning outcomes? Can students make real connections between content learned in the classroom and experiences they have with the community partner? Can service-learning in a public policy course enable students to feel empowered and motivated to become politically active. This preliminary study will engage these questions and shed light on the triumphs and challenges of service-learning. Problem to be Investigated The “millennial generation” of students that faculty members like me teach every day tends to be “disillusioned, distrustful, [and] often downright disgusted about politics” (Harvard Institute of Politics Study, 2000). Although many millennials find time to do 2

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Introduction
As a political scientist teaching at a liberal arts school, I am committed to
teaching students in ways that maximize their learning. Many students (including
myself) learn best by doing. As such, the practice of experiential learning is intended to
increase learning by enabling students to engage subject matter outside of the classroom.
One particular form of experiential learning – service learning – requires that students
“give back” to partners outside the classroom in the form of volunteerism or community
service.
When I was selected as a Campus Compact-Carnegie Foundation Fellow in
Spring of 2007, I decided to employ my fellowship in the development of a service-
learning course for a major-required course entitled Government in Action: Public
Policy. Teaching the course enables me to evaluate student learning outcomes through
service-learning particularly geared at answering the following questions: To what extent
is service-learning valuable in the enhancement of student learning outcomes? Can
students make real connections between content learned in the classroom and experiences
they have with the community partner? Can service-learning in a public policy course
enable students to feel empowered and motivated to become politically active. This
preliminary study will engage these questions and shed light on the triumphs and
challenges of service-learning.
Problem to be Investigated
The “millennial generation” of students that faculty members like me teach every
day tends to be “disillusioned, distrustful, [and] often downright disgusted about politics”
(Harvard Institute of Politics Study, 2000). Although many millennials find time to do
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