Utilizing Engaged Reflection to Deepen Learning
Critical reflection has been known to be pivotal to meaning-making in community engagement for years. Hutchings and Wutzdorff (1988) argued that reflection is what “transforms experience into learning” (p. 15). In the 1990s and 2000s, scholars shared about the need for critical reflection in service-learning as a means of understanding and applying knowledge (Markus, Howard, & Peterson, 1993; Boss, 1994; Cohen & Kinsey, 1994; Eyler & Giles, 1999), reducing negative stereotypes (Eyler & Giles, 1999; Jones, 2002), developing self-awareness (Eyler & Giles, 1999), and a number of additional benefits. However, despite this knowledge and supporting research, practitioners still struggle with creating and implementing high-quality critical reflection.
SAVE THE DATE FOR #CLDE16: June 2-4, 2016 in Indianapolis
Mark your calendars! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2016 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana from June 2-4, 2016!
Service Learning and Civic Engagement At Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUDenver)
Urban Leadership Program (ULP) was created to enhance the leadership experience at MSU Denver and is in its 6th year. Each academic year, a group of 40 students are selected to participate. The program consists of coursework and experiential learning components. ULP students receive a scholarship they can use for books, fees, etc. in addition to training and networking opportunities including several in partnership with Denver civic leaders and organizations.
Measuring Up: Five Benchmarks of Meaningful Service
Our goal at Baylor, as it is for many of us in CLDE work, is to enhance student learning and community impact through reciprocal, mutually beneficial relationships. We want to guide our students in making meaning of their service experiences through purposeful preparation and reflection to equip them with the skills, knowledge, and experience to be leaders in service on campus and within the community.