Linking University and High School Students: Exploring the Academic Value of Service Learning

By Duncan MacLellan.

Published by The Learner Collection

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While universities and colleges aim to become more inclusive and welcoming to students from a variety of backgrounds, major gaps remain in relation to particular high school students being admitted to postsecondary institutions. Located in Toronto, Canada’s most culturally diverse city, Ryerson University is committed to both academic and applied learning. Building on that commitment, this paper focuses on one service learning project involving both university students enrolled in a senior level Ryerson course and high school students enrolled in a Grade 12 course located in downtown Toronto. This particular Toronto high school has not scored well in province-wide standardized tests and so few of its students apply to college or university. Bringing together these high school and university students in different activities over one semester will enable both groups to gain insights from each other. In addition, by using reflective assignments, Ryerson students can use course concepts to help ground their interactions with these high school students. Service learning has the potential to build linkages that help both university and high school students.

Keywords: Service Learning, Urban Education, High School Students, University Students, Experiential Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp.239-250. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.273MB).

Dr. Duncan MacLellan

Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Duncan MacLellan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University, and his teaching and research interests include educational politics and policy making at the local and provincial levels, state and teacher relations and local and urban governance issues. Duncan published an article on teacher unionism in the journal, Canadian and International Education and he is one of the authors of the book, Teachers’ Unions in Canada.


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