Service Learning: A Promising Strategy for Connecting Future Teachers to the Lives of Diverse Children and Their Families

Feb. 15, 2014

Source: Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Volume 35, Issue 1, 2014, pages 6-21

This paper provides a description of service learning implemented in a course entitled "Working With Socioculturally Diverse Families" for teacher education candidates (preK–grade 5). Students participated in 30 hours of service learning in which they provided support and service to diverse mentor families and implemented family events at participating schools.

Students’ reflections from focus group interviews conducted after the course regarding their service learning experiences were coded and analyzed.

Students reported learning about the dynamics of family diversity, how family resources and backgrounds influence children's school success, and how family involvement should be viewed as a continuum given the diverse priorities and resources of families.

Updated: Oct. 05, 2016