Re: [xmca] NOT LCA: Impact of Lab Experience on Social Science Students

From: Mike Cole (
Date: Fri Jul 08 2005 - 08:25:00 PDT

Hi Peter--

By community-based "laboratory" experience for Social Science students I
mean arrangements where
there is a class that has a combination of lectures and on-site experiences
in a community setting where
they are responsible for implementing site goals, documenting their activies
on each occasioon, and where
the professor and professionals at the site cooperate in seeking to
critically examine existing practices with an
eye toward improving them in a manner that is motivated by the theoretical
ideas of both parties.

There can be variations on this model which we have implemented as "U-C
Links" (university-community links) but
what I have in mind goes beyond normal "experiential" or "service" learning
in that there is a deliberate combination
of theory and practice, where the undergraduates have real responsibilities
to orient to their activities in a way the
challenges their university-based reading/discussions, and the community
setting, in effect, provides a laboratory
for students and professors to test out ideas about how the relevant aspect
of the social order works.

In brief. Thanks for asking.

On 7/8/05, Peter Smagorinsky <> wrote:
> Mike, what do you mean by "laboratory" research experiences? thanks,Peter
> At 02:58 PM 7/7/2005 -0700, you wrote:
> >I am trying to find out if there is any literature on the educational
> >consequences of
> >providing community-based laboratory research experiences to
> undergraduates in
> >the social sciences. Any hints would be appreciated.
> >mike
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