Creating Community: From Individual Reflection to SoTL Transformation
Standards of practice
Theory and practice of education
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AbstractNumerous studies have demonstrated that students thrive in courses where a community environment augments their learning experience through shared empowerment and enhanced participant engagement. This essay describes the author’s originally self-directed efforts with classroom community approaches and the transition to utilizing SoTL’s six standards of clear goals, adequate preparation, appropriate methods, outstanding results, effective communication and reflective critique to transform the process from experiment to standards-based assessment. Presenting examples of community practices with two substantially different demographics, a multi-section undergraduate media ethics course and a graduate class for teachers and teacher-candidates, the author suggests that others may benefit from a similar framework.