Student-Centered Learning

Investigating the impact of community-based transformational learning experiences on university students

Authored by: Christian Winterbottom , Dan F. Richard , Jody Nicholson

The Routledge International Handbook of Student-Centered Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367200527
eBook ISBN: 9780429259371
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Community-based learning (CBL) is a pedagogical practice that encompasses a number of educational practices including student volunteerism, experiential learning, service-learning and community-engaged coursework for academic credit. Community-based learning models also have incorporated problem-based service learning, direct service learning, and community-based research. In this chapter, we posit that for students to have meaningful experiences at university, the CBL experiences should have transformational components integrated into the community-based activities. Three different student experiences are examined, and we pose the question of how much of an impact CBL has on the transformational experiences of student learning.

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