Engaged pedagogy

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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

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

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