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A Ten Step Process For Implementing A Service Learning Course

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Design in Engineering Eduaction - Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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12.145.1 - 12.145.12



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Mysore Narayanan Miami University

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Ronald Earley Miami University

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A Ten Step Process for Implementing a Service-Learning Course Abstract Alexander Astin, Eyler & Giles, Honnet & Poulsen, and several other researchers have indicated that service to a community adds value to the learner’s educational accomplishments. (Astin, 1985, 1993; Eyler & Giles, 1999; Honnet & Poulsen, 1989). Furthermore, it is quite apparent that students learn best, when they are provided with an opportunity to utilize their knowledge to help a select community. The authors are of the opinion that service learning relieves the students of the monotony of routine classroom work and learning disengagement. The authors believe that service learning helps to rekindle the social consciousness of the student learner. The authors promote designing of service-learning programs that can make a significant impact in the area of social activism.

This philosophy has been put in to practice at Miami University. A Senior Design Capstone Experience has been designed in such a manner that it does not become an item that occupies a table in an engineering laboratory. Instead, it has been transformed to be viewed as a major event that brings the college, the community and the schools together to experience a technological accomplishment of young minds. Miami University considers this to be a very important service contribution to the community as a whole. The knowledge gained through this collaboration between Miami University, the community, local area high schools, industry mentors and national sponsors is extremely valuable. Miami University Seniors, the high school students as well as their mentors and sponsors experience a bliss of technological excellence. (Narayanan, 2004 e). In this presentation, the authors provide data and analysis of results as to how their techniques have impacted upon student learning.

Introduction The service-learning opportunities at colleges and universities should be aimed at the development of the civic education of student learners; however, the service-learning course must nevertheless be focused on career preparation of the college students as well. (Narayanan, 2004 e; Honnet & Poulsen, 1989). Furthermore it must be clearly acceptable to the appropriate accreditation agencies. The Senior Design Project Class, which is a two semester-long course, with a total of four credit hours, can be viewed as a service learning class, depending upon the project chosen by the select student group. It contains a substantial amount of education about ethics, ergonomics, economics, sociology and liberal education principles, in addition to rigorous engineering subject matter. The student groups are encouraged to appreciate the realities of the socio- economic impact of their chosen project. In many cases, the project will have to be addressed with a strong will to succeed and necessarily require coalitions of volunteerism, industry-sponsored funding and donated resources. The objective of a select group of Senior Design Project students is to appreciate the aspect of service and reinforce the reality of viable ethical, ergonomic, and economic engineering design.

Narayanan, M., & Earley, R. (2007, June), A Ten Step Process For Implementing A Service Learning Course Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1473

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