Essay on Service Learning And The Homeless Center

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On an average night in our community, there are around 9,500 individuals and families without a place to stay, according to the State Research Group on Homelessness and Poverty (2009). Because of this fact, there is a desperate need for shelter and volunteers to serve at these shelters. There are only 1,995 emergency beds, which is not enough to accommodate all of the homeless, and there is an even smaller number of workers willing to volunteer. The Homeless Center offers beds and meals to the homeless, working poor, and unemployed. There is a need to do service learning at this location because volunteers are needed to serve as greeters, serve meals, conduct daily prayer time, lead worship, work with the Big "A" Club, fellowship with the …show more content…
He stresses that students should provide meaningful service that meets a need set by the community and this should reflect course objectives. This is a great example of Dewey’s (n.d.) view that the classroom should be a student’s gateway to connect with the world.
Dewey (n.d.) surrounded the point that children are social individuals. He then suggested that, in order to educate them, one must interpret the interests and habits of the child in order to see how these interests are useful in society. He states that school should be a society of sorts not learning about random subjects for the future, but learning how to live as a part of their society now. Eyler (2002) also believes the purpose of service-learning is to prepare students now for future involvement in their communities. The difference between Eyler’s view and Dewey’s is that Dewey believes that the individual should be living now in their little, mock society.
Eyler (2002), who teaches at Vanderbilt and has done numerous studies on the topic of service-learning, believes there is a lack of reflective judgment in student learning experiences. In order to fix this problem she has created a map. This map is intended as a resource to integrate reflection before, during, and after the service experience with the goal of helping students develop the tools necessary to identify, isolate, and offer

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