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

From: Elaine Parent (
Date: Fri Jul 08 2005 - 09:15:57 PDT

That helps. Also, where do I get a copy of the paper that solicits
students' interest in doing a 199? I wondered, as I read these
reflections, what the majors of the writers were.... dev psych, cog
psych, comm or any and all of the above. From Peggy?

As I read the literature, the topic of 'service-learning' in the
disciplines is really underdeveloped... but I will track down more
recent references (I have a 2000) article at hand. Other relevant terms
appear to be 'cognitive outcomes' and 'intellectual outcomes'.

Perhaps another track to follow is the 'experiential learning'
literature. As a matter of fact, I will be residing on the U of
Minnesota campus for 10 days in early August (to attend a writing
workshop on literary journalism!), and perhaps I can make contact with
some of the individuals there, who seem to be involved.

Stay tuned...

On Jul 8, 2005, at 8:25 AM, Mike Cole 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.
> mike
> On 7/8/05, Peter Smagorinsky <> wrote:
>> 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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