Science and Service Learning
A volume in the series: Research in Science Education. Editor(s): Dennis W. Sunal, University of Alabama. Cynthia Szymanski Sunal, University of Alabama. Emmett L. Wright, Kansas State University.
The goal of Volume VII of Research in Science Education is to examine the relationship between science inquiry and servicelearning. Its primary intent is to bridge the gaps between research and practice. The volume is meant to be useful to science and service‐learning researchers and practitioners such as teachers and administrators because it provides information about strategies to integrate service‐learning into the science curriculum and instruction.
The main themes relate to such topics as:
- Student science academic engagement and academic achievement.
- Teacher instructional strategies in science and service‐learning.
- Science curricula adaptation or development.
- Civic responsibility of students and community partners.
- Resiliency of students at‐risk.
- Effect of standards based service‐learning and science on student outcomes such as academic engagement, civic engagement, and resiliency to adversity.
Specific case studies and strategies focus on how to:
- Make learning more engaging. Encourage collaboration among students, teachers, and community partners.
- Improve academic competence.
- Create social/civic responsibility.
- Stimulate resiliency in students at‐risk.
- Improve student interest in STEM subjects and majors.
- Develop STEM career interests.
- Improve the quality of science and service‐learning instruction through addressing standards.
Students can learn in teacher‐centered classrooms, however, a learner‐centered class that focuses on science inquiry, and service‐learning is more authentic and engaging to learners. This type of learning may not be the only way to teach, however, many educators believe that it is the best way for students to learn (Jordan, 2005).
Impact of Science and Service Learning on Middle School Students’ Resilience, Jane L. Newman and Junfei Lu. A Case Study of Speech Students and a Natural History Museum, Sally Blomstrom, Barbara Hayford and Lori Mumpower. Green Works in Service Learning and STEM Workforce Development for Urban Youth, Alexis Petri and Kate Corwin. Service Learning Experience Effects on High School Students’ Learning of Science Practices, Angela Chapman and Allan Feldman. Nurturing Multiple Curiosities: Priorities From a National Survey, Jennifer Forman. Connections and Contributions Through Research Service Learning, Terry M. Tomasek, Lacey D. Huffington, Catherine E. Matthews, and Heidi B. Carlone. Soils in the City, Christie Klimas, James Montgomery, Howard Rosing, Marji Hess, Xochyl Perez, and Christian DeKnock. Academic Service Learning: Community College Prenursing and Elementary Teacher Education Programs, Anita Cuttita Ferdenzi, Vazgen Shekoyan, and Sharon Ellerton. Learning and Emotion: The Power of Service Learning in STEM Fields, Maureen P. Hall and Aminda J. O’Hare. About the Contributors.
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