Civic Action in Education

Civic Action Conference Agenda

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

Student Center, Eastern Connecticut State University

Learners and the Why of Service Learning

10:00am to 11:00 am

Service learning: Observing with a Purpose

Tanya Moorehead, Assistant Professor, Department of Education

Students are encouraged to participate in service learning opportunities to deepen their understanding of how teachers and students interact with each other. Specifically they explore 1. content areas and how it is delivered, 2. classroom organization, 3. rapport, 4. teaching methods, 5. classroom management, and 6. the physical environment. This student-centered presentation will focus on the impact of this learning experience.

Service Learning in Education: A Constructivist Approach

Mark Fabrizi, Assistant Professor, Department of Education

What are some of the current issues in education?  How do those issues impact educators as they work with students?  These two questions are central to EDU 110: Contemporary Issues in the Education of Children.  This student-centered presentation will provide an overview of the constructivist approach taken in this introductory education course and the perspectives of currently-enrolled students who will share the challenges and successes they experience as they work with young people in local schools.

Future Teachers’ Service Learning

David Stoloff, Professor, Department of Education

Students in a first year course (FYI 100-18 Is Teaching for You?) designed for those exploring teaching are encouraged to participate in Center for Community Engagement (CCE) projects in local schools and community centers.  The students complete School Participation Record (SPR) forms, which record the day, time, and the location of their service, what they did, and what they learned.  They also write 250-word essays on 5 insights from these experiences at mid-term and at the end of their first semester at Eastern.  Future teachers may participate in the conference session and offer their insights on learning from their service.

An exemplary reflection of these experiences by a first-semester future teacher Fall 2016

If there is time, we will discuss another assignment in this course that introduced ideas about cultural competencies and comparative education to these future teachers.

Responses to interviews comparing education before Eastern