Growing Students in the Garden: Improving the Research Process Through Experiential Learning (Handout)


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This presentation will explore how the infusion of an experiential garden component in a beginning Composition class facilitated the achievement of expected outcomes in writing and research. Presented at GaCOMO12 by Claudia Shorr and Scott Mitchell.

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Growing Students in the Garden: Improving the Research Process Through Experiential Learning (Handout)

  1. 1. Growing Students in the Garden: Improving the Research Process Through Experiential LearningClaudia Shorr: crshorr@gmail.comDr. Scott Mitchell: BibliographyACRL. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000)., James. “The Role of Reflection in Service Learning.” Business Communication Quarterly 69.3 (2006): 306-311. Sage Journals. Web. 25 Sept. 2012.Edwards, Sarah, and Wilma Kuhlman. “Culturally Responsive Teaching: Do We Walk Our Talk?" Multicultural Education 14.4 (2007): 45-49. Education Research Complete. Web. 25 Sept. 2012.Hallman, Heidi, and Melanie Burdick. “Service Learning and the Preparation of English Teachers.” English Education 43. 4 (Jul 2011): 341-368. ProQuest Journals. Web. 25 Sept. 2012.Hutchinson, Mary. “Living the Rhetoric: Service Learning and Increased Value of Social Responsibility.” Pedagogy 5.3 (2005): 427-444. Education Research Complete. Web. 25 Sept. 2012.Henkin, Roxanne, et al. “Service-Learning: The Intersection of Civic and Academic Engagement.” Voices From the Middle 17.1 (2009). ProQuest Journals. Web. 25 Sept. 2012.Kramer, Don. “Servant Class: Basic Writers and Service Learning.” Journal of Basic Writing 24.2 (2005): 92-109. ProQuest Journals. Web. 25 Sept. 2012.
  2. 2. The CARS Checklist for Research Source Evaluation Credibility trustworthy source, author’s credentials, evidence of quality control, known or respected authority, organizational support. Goal: an authoritative source, a source that supplies some good evidence that allows you to trust it. Accuracy up to date, factual, detailed, exact, comprehensive, audience and purpose reflect intentions of completeness and accuracy. Goal: a source that is correct today (not yesterday), a source that gives the whole truth. Reasonableness fair, balanced, objective, reasoned, no conflict of interest, absence of fallacies or slanted tone. Goal: a source that engages the subject thoughtfully and reasonably, concerned with the truth. Support listed sources, contact information, available corroboration, claims supported, documentation supplied. Goal: a source that provides convincing evidence for the claims made, a source you can triangulate (find at least two other sources that support it).
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