International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1554-5210

Original article | International Journal of Progressive Education 2016, Vol. 12(3) 24-34

Integrating Diversity Education and Service Learning: A 15+ Year Journey Continues

Myra N. Womble & Elaine Adams

pp. 24 - 34   |  Manu. Number: ijpe.2016.027

Published online: October 01, 2016  |   Number of Views: 324  |  Number of Download: 661


Abstract

This paper reports the 15+ year journey undertaken by university faculty to integrate service learning with diversity education. It has taken the faculty from its initial integration of academic community learning and diversity education in 1999 to its current course offering in 2015. The purpose of this integration has remained the same, to engage graduate students in exploring varied aspects of diversity while learning to work and live in a diverse world and serving the needs of the community. Over the years, graduate students enrolled in the diversity course have been participants in service learning experiences of their choice in diverse, non-profit community-based organizations. With few exceptions, based on student reflective journals, the instructor’s service learning pedagogy, and the students’ organization choices, service learning in diverse environments has contributed to positive change in students’ views about diversity. 

Keywords: Graduate students, Diversity, Service learning


How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Womble, M.N. & Adams, E. (2016). Integrating Diversity Education and Service Learning: A 15+ Year Journey Continues. International Journal of Progressive Education, 12(3), 24-34.

Harvard
Womble, M. and Adams, E. (2016). Integrating Diversity Education and Service Learning: A 15+ Year Journey Continues. International Journal of Progressive Education, 12(3), pp. 24-34.

Chicago 16th edition
Womble, Myra N. and Elaine Adams (2016). "Integrating Diversity Education and Service Learning: A 15+ Year Journey Continues". International Journal of Progressive Education 12 (3):24-34.