Service-Learning in Teacher Education Institute

Posted on March 26, 2004


We invite you to Clemson University for an institute that will enable you to maximize the learning in service-learning. You will be able to give your students the tools they need to analyze important issues through a process of ethical decision making and reflective practice.

2004 Service-Learning in Teacher Education Institute at Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina

June 27-29, 2004

Teachable Moments: An Institute on Service-Learning, Ethics, and Reflection

Sponsored by the International Center for Service-Learning in Teacher Education at Clemson University

This Institute on Service-Learning, Ethics, and Reflection is specifically designed for teacher educators. It will include:

* introduction to and discussion of principles of ethical decision making
* introduction to and practice in reflective writing
* focus on civic engagement and citizenship
* focus on both preparing future teachers and on helping pre-service teachers use service-learning in their classes

The ethical dimensions of the many issues related to education, or indeed any subject area, are not explored if the teacher just “shoots from the hip” when students pose ethical questions. Rather, teachers need to develop a set of skills that will allow them to truly engage the students in reflective discussion as opposed to avoiding difficult questions or merely trading personal opinions. The institute provides an opportunity for faculty development in applied ethics and sophisticated techniques of critical analysis and reflective writing.

Teacher educators involved in service-learning have an outstanding opportunity to stimulate their pre-service students’ thinking regarding a variety of issues that affect the world of education. Service-learning provides the real-life experience that can offer those teachable moments. How can you ensure that your students are thinking about the many important issues that relate to our society? The process of ethical decision making can give you the tools you need to make this happen!

At the same time, you can teach your students to incorporate the process of ethical decision making into their own teaching, both in service-learning experiences and other teachable moments.

Robert J. Rutland Center for Ethics
Pearce Center for Professional Communication

Registration Fee: $450 (includes tuition, materials, and selected meals)

Contact the International Center ( if you would like to attend. Please note that registration for this specialized institute is limited to 25.

Come join us in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains for refreshment of body and spirit.

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