Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Incorporation of Service Learning into an Interpersonal Skills for Leadership Course Using the SERVE Model

Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Incorporation of Service Learning into an Interpersonal Skills for Leadership Course Using the SERVE Model

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Incorporation of Service Learning into an Interpersonal Skills for Leadership Course Using the SERVE Model

Susan Fritz, Brent Goertzen, and Lilian Gomez

Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication

300 Ag Hall

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE 68583-0709

Email: sfritz1@unl.edu

Interpersonal Skills for Leadership has been taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for more than 30 years and has been a key course students use to satisfy the communication/interpersonal skills requirement in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. While interpersonal skills topics are covered and practiced in the course, additional practice occurs through service learning with a client in a community agency. This requirement equates to approximately 6,500 service hours provided annually in the Lincoln community. This level of service requires a well-developed placement and evaluation process. The course incorporates the SERVE model for integrating service learning into the curriculum. Select the service: a core group of agencies have been cooperators for many years. In order to become a cooperating agency a good match must exist between agency mission, course intent, and opportunities for students to develop one-to-one relationships over a semester.

Educate and inform: New and past cooperating agencies meet each semester with incoming teaching assistants and Instructors. …

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