This project explores service-learning in math at the middle school level and addresses the challenges and possibilities of pre-service teachers implementing service learning as a part of their educational preparation. The focus was a semester long experience with an 8th grade teacher in a math classroom at a middle school in Findlay, Ohio during the 2010-2011 school year. Activities included engagement in a math classroom, design, and implementation of a service-learning project, and regular reflection between the author and the teacher partner. Partners in the project included the Hancock United Way and Findlay Community Gardens. Key questions included: how can pre-service teachers effectively learn to use service-learning pedagogy, and what are the challenges of pre-service teachers partnering with and working in K-12 schools.
Integrated Mathematics Education
Dr. Jane Rosser
First Advisor Department
Office of Service Learning
Dr. Nancy Patterson
Second Advisor Department
School of Teaching and Learning
Fessler, Amber, "Implementing Service-Learning as a Pre-Service Teacher" (2012). Honors Projects. 78.