The Missing Link: Democratic Citizenship in Service Learning A Case Study of Undergraduate Course Offerings at a Large Urban University
The purpose of this study was to explore a discrete set of service-learning courses to determine. (1) were they of the type conducive to fostering democratic citizens. and (2) did the coordinating center that supported service-learning advocate it for democratic Citizenship. Sixteen university instructors and two administrative staff members from a coordinating center were interviewed, and documents describing the courses and coordinating center were reviewed. Drawing from the literature. a list of ten criteria for democratic citizenship was assembled, and two sets of questions-one for the instructors and another for the administrative staff-were devised to prompt the response of the participants. It was determined that: (1) the coordinating center exhibited nearly twice as many characteristics of democratic citizenship as did the instructors' courses; (2) the coordinating center and the instructors had considerable room for improvement if democratic citizenship was a motivation and a goal for the students; (3) curricular interests were the primary reason for engaging in service learning; and (4) more support needs to be provided by the coordinating center if instructors are to gain confidence, and effectively develop service 1eaming for democratic citizenship.
Bittner, Michael S., "The Missing Link: Democratic Citizenship in Service Learning A Case Study of Undergraduate Course Offerings at a Large Urban University" (2001). Thesis, Dissertations, Student Creative Activity, and Scholarship. 28.
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