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Teaching across disciplines: Watershed Education Project

Universities may be split into academic departments, but communities aren t. Effective service to the community often requires the integration of a number of disciplines. The Watershed Education Project at Oberlin College brings together faculty from six different disciplines (English, anthropology, biology, engineering, history, sociology), linked by their common interest in the local Black River. Together, they teach a year-long multidisciplinary course using the river as its unifying theme.   From Service Matters 1998: Engaging Higher Education In the Renewal of America s Communities and American Democracy Website:

A Nation of Joiners: Voluntarism and Social Movements in America

This course explores the history of voluntary activity as a means to social change. In addition to the assigned readings and regular class meetings, most students pursue concurrent service-learning placements in non-profit groups for 3-5 hours each week.

Practicum in School Music Experience

Catalog description: An introduction to the teacher’s role in instructional settings. Includes non-music observations in public schools and a music project in which students observe and participate as instructional aides. Class sessions focus on techniques for observing and recording classroom behavior, relationships between the teaching of reading and the teaching of music, and planning music instruction. Three hours plus travel time in one, two, or three segments must be free during school hours each week. Prerequisites: ME 101 and consent of the instructor. Objectives: The course should enable the student — to observe and record classroom behavior in music and…