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Engaged pedagogy

Engaged pedagogy



I presented this session on Engaged Pedagogy to colleagues in the Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs at Alfred State College to explain what civic engagement is and how to incorporate it into ...

I presented this session on Engaged Pedagogy to colleagues in the Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs at Alfred State College to explain what civic engagement is and how to incorporate it into the curriculum using engaged learning strategies and models of engagement.



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    Engaged pedagogy Engaged pedagogy Presentation Transcript

    • en·gagedped·a·go·gy
      Learning. Doing. Empowering. Transforming.
    • "When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist."
      Don HelderCamara,
      Roman Catholic Archbishop
    • Community Service asks WHAT
      What are the problems I see in this community?
      What can I do to make a difference?
      Civic Engagement asks WHY
      Why is there need in this community?
      Why do social problems and inequalities persist here?
    • Engaged/Experiential Learning asks HOW
      A teaching and learning strategy that addresses community needs and assets
      Research shows that engaged, experiential learning enhances student learning outcomes and brings learning to life
    • Civic Engagement
      Sustainable, collaborative community development initiatives
      A catalyst for student and community growth
      Ignites students' passions and inspires a sense of social responsibility
      Empowers students and community members to take action
      A powerful leadership development opportunity
    • The social problem, cause, or public issue, visible
      at the surface level:
      poverty, hunger, homelessness, disease, education, animal rights, human rights, immigration, the environment, etc.
      The underlying causes of the social problem, often an interconnected complex system of:
      social policies – formal and informal, resource allocation, demographics, culture, history, etc.
      Root Cause Analysis
    • For Example
      Social Issue: Hunger and Homelessness
    • What do we see on the surface?
    • What can we do to help?
      Option 1: Serve food at a soup kitchen or volunteer at a homeless shelter.
      • Meets the agency’s short-term need for volunteers
      • Provides a service to those unable to provide for themselves
      • Inspires a curiosity or sense of empathy in volunteers
      • Empowers volunteers to realize they can make a difference
    • WHO are we serving and WHY?
      Option 2: As a class or organization, build a relationship with the agency staff and the patrons of the shelter. Engage in sustainable community development efforts in partnership with agency representatives and patrons.
      • Provides long-term, ongoing, volunteer support to the agency
      • Emphasizes the humanity and dignity of the patrons
      • Engages multiple constituencies in root-level problem solving regarding poverty in the region
      • Empowers both students and patrons/community residents to participate in the process
    • Sustainable Solutions
      Conduct research on policy issues regarding poverty in the region
      Engage in interviews with patrons to focus on assets vs. needs and to identify their strengths and skills
      Organize a demonstration or awareness campaign in partnership with the patrons of the kitchen
      Start a community coalition that collectively advocates for the needs and rights of residents below the poverty line
      Develop a business model for the kitchen that engages patrons in the food preparation and serving process, to provide job training and skills
      Plant a community garden with plots for local community members to grow their own food supply
    • Community Service asks WHAT
      Civic Engagement asks WHY
      Engaged Learning asks HOW
    • Types of “Engagement”
      Direct Service
      Community/Economic Development
      Voting/Formal Politics
      Direct Action Strategies/Activism
      Grassroots Political Activity/Public Policy Work
      Community Building
      Advocacy/Community Education
      Socially Responsible Daily Behavior
    • Models of Engagement
      Presentation Plus
      Community Based Research
      Service Internships
      Immersion Experiences
    • Campus Compact
    • Other Resources
      Department of Civic Engagement & Student Leadership Programs: www.alfredstate.edu/engage
      Bonner Foundation
      Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning
      Astin, A.W., Vogelgesang, L.J., Ikeda, E.K., and Yee, J.A. (2000). How Service Learning Affects Students.  Los Angeles: Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA. 
      (Executive Summary | Full Report)