Service Learning for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
BookThis unique workbook puts students in control by providing guidance through the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating service-learning projects. Service Learning for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation: A Step-by-Step Guide directs university and high school students through an easy-to-follow five-step process for completing service-learning projects. Consistent with principles from student-centered learning and organizational development, this process begins with choosing a project and building a team and progresses to development, execution, and assessment—teaching students best practices they can replicate in subsequent projects, classes, and their future jobs.
Service Learning for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation highlights the skills students will need for a project as well as strategies for preventing common problems and dealing constructively with difficulties. Students learn how to work as a team, present themselves as professionals, and master the challenges of a variety of service-learning projects.
Designed for learning and fun, Service Learning for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation keeps students focused and positive. This all-in-one resource has the following features:
- A practical, customizable process that offers students unlimited creativity in project design and execution
- Group projects, activities, and worksheets to guide students through the planning process
- Tools, tips, and techniques that enable students to navigate the complexities of their projects
- Reflection activities, journal assignments, and student checklists to help establish and maintain progress
- Instructions for designing a needs assessment and evaluation survey
- Icebreakers and group activities that will help build group cohesiveness
In addition to the student resources, there is also an online teacher resource guide to assist teachers in supporting their students through each step in the process.
The result of the author’s own experiences in conducting complex service-learning projects, Service Learning for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation presents a practical and proven process that ensures both successful projects and student-centered service learning.
Connecting to their communities through service-learning projects teaches students invaluable hands-on lessons and creates new volunteer and community development opportunities. Service Learning for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation: A Step-by-Step Guide empowers students to become an integral part of a service-learning experience where they can learn communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills while enjoying the unique personal power that comes from helping others.
A workbook for university and high school students in recreation, physical education, and health courses in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of service-learning programs.
A student workbook offered by community organization professionals to guide young adults as they work within a variety of service-learning projects.
Table of ContentsPreface
What Is Service Learning?
A High-Quality Service-Learning Experience
Benefits of Service Learning
The Five-Step Process for Successful Service-Learning Projects
Step 1: Lauching the Project
Qualities of a Good Service-Learning Project
Selecting an Agency
Return Visits to the Site and Contracting
Step 2: Building an Effective Team
Developing Effective Communication Skills
Step 3: Planning the Project
Goals and Objectives
Tasks and Time Lines
Step 4: Implementing the Project
Managing Time and Completing Tasks
Applying Group-Process Skills
Evaluating Your Project
Step 5: Finishing the Project
Evaluation, Records, and Resources
Appendix A: Designing Needs Assessment and Evaluation Surveys
Types of Questions
Wording of Questions
Open-Ended and Closed-Ended Questions
Length of Survey and Order of Questions
Pretesting the Survey
Administering the Survey
Creating a Report
Appendix B: Icebreaker and Diversity-Awareness Activities
Choosing and Using Activities for Intergroup Learning
About the Authors
ExcerptsPractical Experience, Improved Self Esteem Among Benefits Of Service Learning
Understanding Of, Interaction With Clients Essential To Good Service Learning Projects
AncillariesThe online teacher resource guide assists teachers in supporting their students through each step of their project. It includes print, multimedia, and Web resources for further exploration of the topics in the book, as well as tips for facilitating the teaching of the five steps of the service-learning process.
The teacher resource guide is free to course adopters and available at www.HumanKinetics.com/ServiceLearningforHealthPhysicalEducationandRecreation.