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

From: Wolff-Michael Roth (
Date: Fri Jul 08 2005 - 12:23:02 PDT

with respect to Mike's formulation of the community based laboratory
experience, which essentially means a double apprenticeship, you may be
interested in reading a paper on exactly this issue, and the tensions
that may arise:

Lee, S. H., & Roth, W.-M. (2003). Becoming and belonging: Learning
qualitative research through legitimate peripheral participation. (64
paragraphs). Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative
Social Research, 4(2).


On 8-Jul-05, 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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