What service learning place did you chose and why.
I chose Neighborhood House Senior Day Care. Neighborhood House is a non-profit organization that provides both children’s day care and senior day care. To my knowledge they are the only organization in the Salt Lake area offering these services in this manner. Clients pay for services based their income and a sliding scale. This means services are affordable.
I have personal history with Neighborhood House as my father and my children once attended. The opportunity to serve in this manner is my way of giving back to an organization that provided so much to the life of my own father when he was living.
What do you hope to learn and what service do you hope to provide?
My goal is to learn more about the health needs of clients in a day care setting and assist in monitoring those needs. Perhaps I can help set up a program to monitor specific needs ofclients, such as blood pressure checks, etc.
Name thee important concepts about service-learning.
1. Service-learning is a concept which is client-centered. Specific learning goals are established an applied directly to a client or client population and learning comes from the interaction between the learner and the client.
2. Service-learning is volunteerism with an educational purpose. The goal is not just to spend hours helping, but rather to spend hours learning as we help.
3. Service-learning is cyclical in that it involves experiential action followed by reflection. John Dewey, an influential educational theorist believed that students learn best when they get in and get their hands dirty. Learning retention and comprehension are enhanced by real-life experiences that connect doing and learning (Giles, Eyler, 1994).
Giles, D., & Eyler, D. (1994). The theoretical roots of service-learning in John Dewey: Toward a a theory of service-learning. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 77-85