A Practical Guide to Service Learning - Strategies for Positive Development in Schools
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This book describes how service learning, an intervention that can be both remedial or preventive and individual or systemic, can enable school psychologists to expand their role beyond special populations to serve students within the academic mainstream. It draws connections between the positive psychology movement, the nurturing of purpose in youth, and the benefits of service learning.
School psychologists and other school-based mental health professionals are constantly seeking interventions that can positively affect social/emotional and academic outcomes. Most interventions deal with either social/emotional concerns or academics, but are unable to affect both simultaneously. Service learning is one of a very few interventions that can address both of theses areas at the same time. However, at present, service learning is not widely known in this market. This book will:
- Constitute a groundbreaking introduction of service learning to the field of school psychology and related school-based mental health professionals
- Teach readers how service learning can forge a critical link that enjoins their work with the academic mission of schools – as such, it offers school-based mental health professionals an opportunity to broaden their role to encompass both regular and special education. Therefore, the proposed book is a unique offering of guidelines and resources for school-based mental health professionals in implementing service learning
- Use case studies of school-based mental health professionals implementing service learning to highlight change processes in schools and communities and offer strategies to overcome obstacles to implementation and sustainability of service learning programs
- Provide practical materials and forms to guide mental health practitioners in organizing and assessing service learning activities
Felicia L. Wilczenski, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor on the faculty of the School Psychology Program and Director of the School Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology in the Graduate College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is author of numerous articles addressing social and emotional interventions in K-12 settings. Dr. Wilczenski is interested in service learning applications in school-based mental health programs and incorporates service learning in her graduate courses. She has conducted research and published articles concerning service learning processes and outcomes.
Susan M. Coomey, M.Ed., is currently employed as a school psychologist in the Shrewsbury MA Public Schools and is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research interests focus on service learning to promote social, emotional, and academic learning in K-12 settings. She has presented research at national and international service learning conferences.
"The text has several positive features. First, the authors' writing style is engaging ... . Second, the authors do a good job of describing the different theories, conceptualizations, and principles of service learning ... . Third, this text is a good repository of practical tips and helpful guidelines. ... makes an important contribution in recognizing service learning as a potentially important intervention with relevance for researchers, educators and school mental health staff. ... It should be useful for anyone wishing to augment students' educational development." (Joseph A. Durlak and Christine I. Celio, PsycCRITIQUES, March, 2008)