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

From: Peter Smagorinsky (
Date: Fri Jul 08 2005 - 09:03:45 PDT

thanks Mike--something to aspire to! Peter
At 08:25 AM 7/8/2005 -0700, you wrote:
>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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