Pedagogy: Service Learning in English Courses--Composition and Literature: New Ideas for Relevant and Engaging Service Learning Components

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Charles A. S. Ernst / College English Association
contact email: 

COLLEGE ENGLISH ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, Birmingham, Alabama, 52nd Annual Conference, 

Birmingham Sheraton Hotel, 2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203, 1-855-516-1090

                                                                                                                                     March 31-April 2, 2022

250- to 500-word proposals, with title, for 15-minute papers/presentations on the pedagogical use of service learning in composition or literature courses.  Papers should address issues like the following:  Determining whether service learning projects—and what kinds—are appropriate to course material; matching key components of one’s English course with appropriate service learning projects; establishing relations with off-campus service learning entities; framing project assignments that enhance service learning while maintaining course content integrity; developing an assessment model to measure outcomes.  How many different service learning projects within an English course?  How long should such projects be?  Level of difficulty?  Challenges, risks, rewards?  How have service learning initiatives evolved in the last several years?  In this context, considerations of service learning in the Covid classroom are also welcome.  Given such prompts as these to guide the formation of your paper, the presentation should be integrated with relevant service learning research to support experimental models and conclusions.

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