Doing Diversity through Service Learning
Linda Good, Minnesota State University, Mankato
As a significant part of the college course Human Relations in a Multicultural
Society, pre-service teachers are engaged in service learning and reflection
as two of the primary methods to develop cultural awareness and appreciation,
human relations skills, and positive dispositions about diverse groups in society.
Eleven oppressed groups in U.S. society are the focus of students’ study,
experience in the community, and reflection. Education students “do” diversity
through eighteen contact hours of service learning with a group that is outside
their comfort zone. Specific planned objectives are addressed throughout the
service learning experience. At the conclusion of the service learning, students
reflect on the experience.
Academic Exchange Quarterly Spring 2005 Volume 9, Issue 1