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Service-Learning with Action Research

What is "Service Learning" and what is "Action Research"
.....and what does the one have to do with the other?
           
                

"Students may volunteer in a low-income neighborhood and learn about "food deserts"* and leave it at that, or those same students may take action on what they've learned and investigate ways to work with local growers to make fresh vegetables more available in that neighborhood."
(quote from one of our partners)

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Design Coalition Institute works with faculty, students, and professionals on a wide variety of community projects. Students benefit from authentic exposure to the broad spectrum of community issues by working in partnership with organizations that engage those issues through action-oriented grassroots programs. Our grassroots partners benefit from the skills, talents, and thoughtful civic-mindedness of our student volunteers.

We work with grassroots partners to identify service-learning opportunities and works with faculty partners to recruit students with the requisite skills and talents. Students and potential partners may review case studies of recent projects by following the links below.

  If you think "Service Learning with Action Research" would be useful for your students or   organization, forward to our "Contact Us & Invitation" page
Examples of Service Learning with Action Research projects below:
DOWNLOAD (230K pdf)

A Vision for a 'Green Village'
on the Bad River Reservation

(poster with landscape analysis and design studies)

Excerpts from an action-research community
planning and design study.
Student: Kathy Lewis, BSLA
Partners: Bad River Tribal Council & UW-Madison
Department of Landscape Architecture

DOWNLOAD (1M pdf)

"Capital East Sustainable RE-Development Vision"
(poster with landscape analysis & design studies).

Excerpt from an action-research community
planning and design study.
Student: Christopher Gentile, BSLA
Partners: Dane County BUILD Advisory Committee
& City of Madison Department of Planning.

DOWNLOAD (400K pdf)

"Sustainable Futures for Allied-Dunn's Marsh"
(poster with landscape analysis and design studies).


Excerpt from an action-research community
planning and design study.
Student: Gwyneth Owen-Webber, BSLA
Partners: City of Madison Department of Planning;
UW-Madison Department of Landscape Architecture

We are preparing materials in our archives for posting. More case studies coming soon.........

*What is a "food desert"? "The term food desert was coined in the late 1990s by policy makers to describe low-income neighborhoods with poor access to fresh and affordable food." for more about food deserts...


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