Service-Learning Prepares Teachers to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners

By Virginia Jagla.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This action research project at The Dodge Renaissance Academy (TDA) in the inner city of Chicago was conducted with two middle level mentor teachers and their residents, who are National-Louis University graduate students. The two main undertakings of the 2006-07 academic year were a composting and global warming awareness project in a sixth grade classroom and a photography/beautification project with a group of seventh graders. Few service-learning studies involve inner city young adolescents as the producers of the project. The additional layer of involvement by our university students in this project enhances the benefit as they have contracted to teach in underperforming schools in Chicago for at least five years after they receive their degrees. Gaining firsthand knowledge of the powerful pedagogy of service-learning as preservice teachers enables them to utilize the pedagogy in classrooms throughout the city.

Keywords: Service-Learning, Experiential Learning, Middle Level, Urban Education, Urban Teacher Residency, Character Development, Civic Engagement

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 543.365KB).

Dr. Virginia Jagla

Assistant Professor, Middle Level Program, Academy for Urban School Leadership Liaison, Service-Learning Team Leader, National-Louis University, Chicago, IL, USA

Virginia M. Jagla, PhD is an assistant professor at National-Louis University. She is the chair of the National College of Education Curriculum Council. She is the immediate past co-chair of the NCE Faculty. She leads NLU’s Service-Learning Team. Dr. Jagla’s book, Teachers’ Everyday Use of Imagination and Intuition: In Pursuit of the Elusive Image, was published by State University of New York Press in 1994. Other published works include chapters on teacher lore, No Child Left Behind, interdisciplinary teaching, and service learning. She has published articles in various juried journals including Phi Delta Kappan and On Target Magazine. She has presented internationally at ACT; nationally at AERA, ASCD, NMSA, and ATE; and numerous local forums. Dr. Jagla’s long time research interest in imagination and intuition in education continues. Other research interests include the use of the visual and creative arts in education, with particular emphasis on creative drama; and service learning, particularly as it applies to middle level education. She and her husband take pride in being “older” parents, keeping up with their life-stage counterparts, ten to twenty years younger, as they volunteer in the schools, scouts, religious education, and sports; while their same-age peers are grandparents and retirees.


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