Community partnerships: Leveraging service learning in small teacher preparation programs

Authors

  • Donna M. Ploessl The University of Montevallo
  • William Hooper IV University of Montevallo
  • Catherine G. Raulston University of Montevallo

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33043/JOSEP.2.2.60-68

Keywords:

Pre-service teachers, small programs, practice-based learning, tutoring, service-learning, practicum, reflection

Abstract

During semester-long courses in inclusive methods and beginning reading instruction, pre-service teacher candidates participate in weekly tutoring sessions with elementary students in grades K-5. We outline principles identified for effective service-learning and describe how to embed them to integrate community service. We discuss service-learning with academic skills and content in mind, as well as reflection related to the experience, while ensuring the service-learning partnership includes the voice of the community partner. Lastly, a phase-by-phase guide for teacher educators is presented that we used in our small teacher preparation program through literacy instruction.

Author Biography

William Hooper IV, University of Montevallo

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Technology

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Published

09/08/2022

Issue

Section

Small Programs Special Issue