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Service Learning Research and Reflection paper

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Each school, because of government mandate, has to provide services for exceptional students. The textbook Human Diversity in Education defines exceptional students as “those eligible for special educational services” (Cushner, McClelland & Safford, 2011). There are several categories for exceptional student but they all fall under the Ability/Disability continuum. Some of the categories for exceptional students are the: intellectually gifted, specific learning disability, emotionally handicapped, hearing impaired, visually impaired, mentally handicapped, and physically handicapped. In this paper the specific type of students that will be discussed, fall under the disabled side of the continuum. As one can see from the list above there…show more content…

Another challenge that learning disabled students may face is that at times it can be paired up with another disability or maybe a disorder. An example can be a learning disabled student who also has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).When this occurs, like social anxiety, it creates barriers for the students when it comes to their ability to pay attention and learn in class. Teachers in the classroom need to be able to identify if students have a learning disorder, because learning disorders become more evident in an academic setting. If so the teacher then needs to speak to the parents and see if assessment can be run to find out if the child does suffer from a LD. In the classroom, a student with a learning disability may need things explained in a different way, or broken down in words or a way that they are able to process. The student may also need extra time to complete assignments. An example would be if a student has a reading disability they may next extra time to complete the assignment. Besides a conscientious teacher, and extra time in class, student with learning disabilities will also need to have their parent. Having parental support can increase the student’s motivation in school. As stated in the beginning of the paper the school is mandated by the state to provide services for exceptional students. The in-school programs vary from school to school. Some schools have free after

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Service-Learning in Sociology 2:Social Problems

Spring 2002:Instructor: Guido Davis Del Piccolo


Why are we doing Service-Learning?

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning method that integrates community service with academic coursework as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking.Through your participation in service related to current social problems AND critical reflection of your experiences, you will gain a deeper and practical understanding of the course content, as well as, a broader appreciation of sociology.

Through Service-Learning, you will be LEARNING from not only the instructor and the text, but also from the clients you serve, from the community agency personnel, and from yourself.In your service, you will work with both individual clients AND the agency itself.


Objectives for Service-Learning in Sociology 2:

1.      To increase understanding of the theoretical issues being addressed in the classroom;

2.      To stimulate critical thinking about the social arrangements discussed in the classroom;

3.      To gain insight into the interrelated nature and underlying causes of social problems;

4.      To gain a comprehensive view of the needs of the community being served (beyond just the service being provided);

5.      To increase understanding of the operation of community agencies (their existence, goals, objectives, limitations, challenges, obstacles and successes);

6.      To gain exposure to economic, racial and/or ethnic communities which may differ from the students own; and

7.      To encourage future community service work and social service career exploration.


SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECT (50% of course grade)


Service Hours: (5% of course grade)

·         Students perform a minimum of 20 hours of service.

·         The service MUST be conducted on a regular weekly basis.

·         Students will get credit for no more than 3 hours per site visit.

·         Students will get credit for no more than 4 hours per week.

·         Students must complete their service hours by May 29th.

·         IN SUM:You should do your service work in 2- to 3-hour sessions once per week.


Weekly Reflection Journals: (15% of course grade)

·         Students submit weekly journals or their service experiences and observations.

·         Journals are not graded for WHAT you say, but rather for HOW you say it.Specifically, the purpose of the journals is to REFLECT on your experiences/observations and to INTEGRATE those into the course material.(see instructions on Journal Writing for more details)

·         A minimum of 8 journal submissions is required for full credit.No more than 1 journal entry will be accepted per week for full credit.(see instructions on Journal Writing for more details)

·         IN SUM: When you’ve completed your hours for the day, take 20-30 minutes to reflect on the experience, type your journal entry, and TURN IT IN at the next class.


Service-Learning Paper: (30% of course grade)

·         Students develop a final paper INTEGRATING their service experience with the statistical and theoretical discussions occurring in the classroom.You will submit an outline of this paper to me in advance of the final due date.

·         This paper is the MOST IMPORTANT part of the “Service-Learning Project” because the paper is where you demonstrate both critical thinking and a grasp of the course material.(However, the basis of the paper comes from your service and reflection journals.)

Service-Learning Placement Sites



·         You are welcome to do your service in pairs and arrange transportation together.

·         NOTE: A MAXIMUM of 4 (four) students will be allowed to work at each site.The first 4 students to submit their completed paperwork will be assigned to that site.


Approved Agencies for Service:

Prior to approving any site not listed below, you must document to me why none of the below are acceptable and demonstrate to me how the objectives on the reverse side will be met at another site.





(please verity)





A Place Called Home

multifaceted agency

2830 S. Central Ave

Los Angeles

Patricia Connor



Access Center &


homeless center/ food distribution

1616 7th Street

Santa Monica

Amor Gonzales
Ramona Holland



Behavior Health Services, Inc.

drug / alcohol treatment

15519 Crenshaw Blvd


Mike Johnston



Behavior Health Services, Inc-Patterns

drug / alcohol treatment for women and children

12917 Cerise Ave


Terry Johnson



Boys & Girls Club
(Santa Monica)


1238 Lincoln Blvd

Santa Monica

Kenda Moore



Boys & Girls Club (Venice)


2232 Lincoln Blvd



310-390-4477 x228


Clare Foundation—Sober Inn

alcohol recovery

907 Pico Blvd

Santa Monica

Gilbert Rico



Community Center, Inc.

multi-purpose community center

7522 S. Vermont Ave

Los Angeles

Karla Sacon



Community Coalition

community organizing


So. Central LA




El Nido Family Centers

counseling, education for children

2152 W. Manchester

Los Angeles

Lambra Gatewoo

Mildrid Star

323-971-7360 x227



Florence Crittenton Center

girls group home

234 E Avenue 33

Los Angeles

Bianca Pearlman

323-225-4211 x209


Hydepark Organizational Partnership for Empowerment (HOPE)

community development organization


S. Crenshaw area(LA)

Mandla Kayise

(new world ed)



Inglewood Community Education & Resource Center

UCLA student outreach project & Inglewood community partnership

100 Nutwood


Mandla Kayise

(new world ed)



Mar Vista Family Center

community center

5075 Slauson Ave

Culver City

Gonzalo Bermudez



Santa Monica Barrios Unidos

youth services

2811 Pico Blvd

Santa Monica




Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL)

youth center

1401 Olympic Blvd

Santa Monica

Karen Humphrey



Turning Point Transitional Housing

homeless housing/counseling

1447 16th Street

Santa Monica

Vivicia Cole



Venice Community Housing Corp.

housing agency

720 Rose Ave


Ann Murphy

Lori Zimmerman



Virginia Park

youth programs

2200 Virginia Ave

Santa Monica




Westside Women’s Domestic Violence Network

family violence issues

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