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RE: [xmca] The national context for education funding in the US

Interesting course, Peter! I have become a huge fan of service learning;
it's such a natural fit for education. I am slowly adapting my courses
to include service-learning components. I'm working to develop our
elementary teacher education program in northern Idaho as a
service-learning program that also operates in schools. It is a blend of
lab school, professional development school, and service-learning.
Courses are taught on site in elementary schools which provide us with a
classroom. In turn, we go into classrooms to provide various
teaching-learning services to students and teachers with the goal being
collaboration and win-win for elementary students and university
pre-service teachers. We've also done some after school programs. So far
it has been all the language and literacy courses... but come this fall
we will incorporate elementary science, math and social studies methods
into our Partner School Initiative. What I find most fascinating is the
innovation that occurs when we all work together - the activity shifts
expertise around in interesting ways.  

Emily Duvall, PhD
Assistant Professor Curriculum & Instruction
University of Idaho, Coeur d'Alene
1000 W. Hubbard Suite 242 | Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814 
T 208 292 2512 | F 208 667 5275 emily@uidaho.edu | www.cda.uidaho.edu 

He only earns his freedom and his life, who takes them every day by
-- Johann Wolfgang Goethe 

-----Original Message-----
From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [mailto:xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu]
On Behalf Of Peter Smagorinsky
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2009 10:44 AM
To: 'eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity'
Subject: RE: [xmca] The national context for education funding in the US

Hmmmm, this sounds remarkably like the way the 5th Dimension experience
UCSD works.
I know that others attempt similar ways to integrate student work into
communities, a.k.a. "service-learning" in US contexts. I'm teaching such
course this semester (see
for the syllabus), which I developed through a grant from UGA's Office
Service-Learning. One of my friends from the Fellows has a great project
described at http://www.uga.edu/columns/070910/news-urbanfood.html.
efforts can also serve as great research sites and thus combine
research, and service into one project. They also provide students with
important experiences and close the town/gown gap by serving community
members in need. p

Peter Smagorinsky
Professor of English Education and Program Chair
The University of Georgia
125 Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30602

-----Original Message-----
From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [mailto:xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu]
Behalf Of Mike Cole
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2009 12:02 PM
To: Jay Lemke
Cc: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: Re: [xmca] The national context for education funding in the US

My answer to your last question, Jay.

Make participation in real world settings, linked to relevant academic
including reading and writing, mandatory for all students attending any
college or
university. Use money to do this mainly to support grad student
who themselves are gathered into groups supervised by senior professors
of their courses.

All evidence is that such practices improve student commitment to more
serious study at the university, increase the intellectual and social
capital of those with whom
they work, and increase understanding of social justice issues among
privileged students, e.g., those who can afford to attend a university.


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