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Community Service Learning, Learning by Design, and Heritage Learners: A Case Study

  • Diana Ruggiero
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Abstract

This chapter considers the impact of service learning as a means to build and reinforce Spanish heritage students’ language abilities while allowing for meaningful engagement with local communities. It does so through the discussion of a project grounded in the Learning by Design framework. Over the course of a semester, 15 university students in a service learning course at the University of Memphis collaborated with Spanish-speaking local community leaders and artisans to develop and implement self-sustaining projects centered on the arts. Learners documented their experience in a multimodal journal that included digital storytelling, written reflections, and self-generated questions for critical inquiry. The analysis of this work suggests that the students experienced not only linguistic gains, but also an increase in their confidence as Spanish speakers.

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  • Diana Ruggiero
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  1. 1.University of MemphisMemphisUSA

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