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Using Service Learning in Teaching Sociology: Student Challenges, Resistance, and Successes

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Students in four upper division Sociology of the Family courses (N=198) participated in a Service Learning assignment for one semester. Students completed 10 hours of service at local non-profit organizations that provided services to families. Students were asked to volunteer with organizations whose mission covered concepts in class (e.g. poverty, children, elderly, abuse, or immigration). The goal of the service learning assignment was to help students make connections with concepts covered in class and “real life” situations. At the end of the semester students were asked to answer twelve questions about their experience. The questions asked students to evaluate the experience and to discuss the challenges and successes of service learning. Preliminary data analysis shows that students reported a variety of challenges, resistance, and positive outcomes in completing their service learning assignments. In addition, their use of the “sociological imagination” was also examined.

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Pinto, Katy. "Using Service Learning in Teaching Sociology: Student Challenges, Resistance, and Successes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 19, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p507718_index.html>

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Pinto, K. M. , 2011-08-19 "Using Service Learning in Teaching Sociology: Student Challenges, Resistance, and Successes" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV Online <PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p507718_index.html

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Abstract: Students in four upper division Sociology of the Family courses (N=198) participated in a Service Learning assignment for one semester. Students completed 10 hours of service at local non-profit organizations that provided services to families. Students were asked to volunteer with organizations whose mission covered concepts in class (e.g. poverty, children, elderly, abuse, or immigration). The goal of the service learning assignment was to help students make connections with concepts covered in class and “real life” situations. At the end of the semester students were asked to answer twelve questions about their experience. The questions asked students to evaluate the experience and to discuss the challenges and successes of service learning. Preliminary data analysis shows that students reported a variety of challenges, resistance, and positive outcomes in completing their service learning assignments. In addition, their use of the “sociological imagination” was also examined.


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