Department:                              Human Development and Learning


Course Number:                       HDAL 2008


Course Title                              Honors Service Learning


Semester Hours:                       1


Date of Revision

      of Syllabus:                          Spring Semester 2002


Text(s) or Other

     Required Reading:              Palmer, P.J. (1999).  The courage to teach: Exploring the

                                                   inner landscape of a teacherís life.  Josey-Bass.


                                                   Joseph, James A. (1995).  Remaking America: How the

benevolent traditions of many cultures are transforming our national life.  Josey-Bass.


Colby, Anne & Damon, William (1994).  Some do Care:  Contemporary lives of moral commitment.  Free Press.


American Psychological Association.  Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (4th Ed.)


Catalog Description:                 Honors service learning in social/cultural agencies and programs related to education.  Admissions to the College of Educationís Honors program a prerequisite.


Additional Course

      Information:                        This course is the first of three service learning courses in the College of Educationís Honors Program. Service learning activities will be in agencies that are related to the studentís areas of interest.  The same texts will be used in all three honors service learning courses.


Relationship of Course            

to College and Program

Philosophy and Goals:              This course is fundamental to the programís, collegeís and universityís focus on service learning.  It will also fit the collegeís goals of communication, diversity, and reflective practice.  It increases studentsí knowledge bases and furthermore, provides examples of the cooperation in the teaching/learning experience.


Course Objectives:                   The student will gain an understanding of and appreciation of social/cultural agencies related to education (Hands-On Museum, Tipton-Haynes Farm, Carter Recreation, Boys & Girls Club, Girls, Inc. for example) and their publics.  The student will include descriptions of and reactions to this experience in the reflective journal.  The student will gain knowledge of the function of agencies and how their function can be used for educational purposes.


Course Topics:                          Service learning in social/cultural programs and agencies that have an educational component.  Specific topics will vary with the studentís place(s) of service learning.


Class Activities and

 Requirements:                         Participation in service-learning activities.  Discussion of these activities and reaction to them in honors seminars associated with this class.  Maintaining and sharing of a reflective journal about the experience.  Demonstrating the acquisition of knowledge of the agency function and the educational implication.  Five seminars meeting 3 hours each will be spaced within the semester.  The Final seminar will be an open seminar with College of Education faculty, students, and agency personnel.  Students will accomplish a minimum of twenty hours of service learning activities in selected agencies.


Field Experience:                      All course work will be related to field placements.


Grading Practice:                      Grades within the universityís A-F system will be based on the studentís contribution to the field placement(s), the studentís participation in seminars, and the quality of the studentís reflective journal.  Field directors will be consulted for evaluation prior to the assignment of grades.


The writing in the reflective journal will be reviewed for content, style, and form and will be a part of each studentís final thesis-quality reflective journal.  Participation in seminars will account for 25% of the studentís grade, writing in the continuing reflective journal will account for 25% of the grade, and contributions to field placements will account for 50% of the grade.


Grades will be calculated based on earned points on all service-learning evaluations, seminar participation, and thesis quality reflective journal work.  If a student is unable to meet a due date for an assignment, the student has the option of contacting the instructor to make arrangements to turn it in/take it on another day. NOTE: There will be a five (5) point per day deduction on all assignments submitted past the due date unless other arrangements have been made with the instructor.


Grading Scale


             Grade                     Percentage                        Grade                           Percentage

                 A                           94-100                              C                                 73-75

                 A-                          90-93                                C-                                70-72

                 B+                         86-89                                D+                               66-69

                 B                           83-85                                D                                  63-65

                 B-                          80-82                                F                               Below 63

                 C+                         76-79



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