Presentation on theme: "Service Learning in Environmental Stewardship Why?"— Presentation transcript:
Service Learning in Environmental Stewardship Why?
Service-Learning An Educational Method, in which students perform meaningful service to meet community identified needs while reflecting on their actions in a way that allows them to better understand course concepts, the role their discipline plays in society, and their civic identity (Springs Service- Learning Network)
Outcomes Desired learning outcomes include: 1. Acquiring a sense of civic and social responsibility, 2. Gaining exposure to cultural and socio- economic differences 3. Applying classroom learning and learning new skills.
Outcomes Strengthen understanding of core concepts while simultaneously meeting community needs
Not Just a Service Project Service-Learning – service and learning goals of equal weight and each enhances the other of all participants
How will a service experience strengthen your academic experience at WU?
Why Reflect? To develop more critical thinking skills To be responsible for the development of your own learning To connect theory to practice To translate course content into real-life reflection To develop an understanding of your values To learn to develop a project which promotes environmental stewardship
Christian Mission In wisdom you made them all, the Earth is full of your creatures. Psalm 104:24
Service Learning in Environmental Stewardship
Creating Green Samaritans Developing values of creation care, sustainability and biophilia Creating an awareness of the relationship of environmental issues to their career and their life, and how they are related to other social issues, both locally and globally Honoring God the Creator, the Sustainer and the Redeemer
Course Models in Environmental Stewardship Service Learning Courses -Mammoth Caves National Park -American Hiking Society Discipline-Based Service Learning -Margaret Bell Middle School -DC Environmental Policy Trip Community-Based Service Learning -Sustaining Greene County -Center for Coal Field Justice -Greene County Watershed Alliance -Greene County Conservation District – Martin Nivereth -Elm Street Program/WPB/Nature Trail
Creating Biophilia Through Environmental Stewardship I will take the memories of this trip with me forever. I realize now what a wondrous place God has given us in this world.
Discipline-Based SL Educating the Next Generation
Are Trees Like Us? Teaching Margaret Bell Middle School Students about trees
Official Note Takers a National Environmental Conference in Washington, DC Providing Community Service to a National Environmental Organization
Community-Based Service Learning A partnership with Sustaining Greene County Students provide environmental stewardship and learn about sustainable agricultural practices and land restorationhttp://www.youtu be.com/watch?v=YPs1kF_ kO1c (What is service learning video)
The world is our classroom, and creation is our teacher.
What Can Go Wrong? Student waits too long to start project at their service site Students are unable to fit in 30 hours of service Student is not in communication with their community service partner, and thus plans fall through Student is not in communication with their service mentor, and thus problems with arise are not addressed in a timely manner.