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Fostering Student Leadership in Tackling Community-Based Problems
Unformatted Document Text:  communication at a “student level.” In contrast, this service learning course requires thoughtful and developing student reflection as well as professional interaction with the community partner. In the final phase as critical thinking and problem-solving skills are honed, students will submit a final research report to CPF and me. The final report is a culmination of theoretical and practical knowledge obtained throughout the course. It seeks to solve a local policy problem of importance, through research and analysis including an extensive literature review and a cost-benefit analysis of multiple policy alternatives. The level of political participation this project requires far surpasses that a traditional class setting provides. Witnessing an entire policy cycle is a unique experience. Ongoing open dialogues will encourage students to discuss challenges and opportunities. Assessment of Learning Objectives On the first full day of class, students took a pre-test assessing their baseline understanding of how policies are changed and implemented. At the conclusion of the semester, students will take a post-test gauging changes and improvements in their understanding of the policy process, specifically considerations regarding problem solving. The exercises will contain a problem solving section forcing students to consider their handling of particular challenges policy entrepreneurs commonly face. A committee of social scientists will read the submissions and assess the degree and nature of change. 8

Authors: Sylvester, Dari.
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communication at a “student level.” In contrast, this service learning course requires
thoughtful and developing student reflection as well as professional interaction with the
community partner.
In the final phase as critical thinking and problem-solving skills are honed,
students will submit a final research report to CPF and me. The final report is a
culmination of theoretical and practical knowledge obtained throughout the course. It
seeks to solve a local policy problem of importance, through research and analysis
including an extensive literature review and a cost-benefit analysis of multiple policy
alternatives. The level of political participation this project requires far surpasses that a
traditional class setting provides. Witnessing an entire policy cycle is a unique
experience. Ongoing open dialogues will encourage students to discuss challenges and
opportunities.
Assessment of Learning Objectives
On the first full day of class, students took a pre-test assessing their baseline
understanding of how policies are changed and implemented. At the conclusion of the
semester, students will take a post-test gauging changes and improvements in their
understanding of the policy process, specifically considerations regarding problem
solving. The exercises will contain a problem solving section forcing students to
consider their handling of particular challenges policy entrepreneurs commonly face. A
committee of social scientists will read the submissions and assess the degree and nature
of change.
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