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Title:Are appearances deceiving? How the U of I promotes community-based learning programs
Author(s):Masters, Erin; UP 494_06-01; Beyers, Aaron
East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP)
Abstract:This project aims to answer the following questions: How are community outreach programs advertised and promoted to students? Are participants’ initial expectations different from the actual outcomes of these programs? The study focuses on ESLAPR (East St. Louis Action Research Project), in conjunction with the Departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning, and on the numerous programs in the School of Veterinary Medicine. On the basis of 12 interviews, the project shows that the Veterinary Medicine students have more options available, which may help to find a more suitable program, and ultimately improve their community-based learning experience. Some students are positive about ESLARP, but others are disappointed after participating. ESLARP “opens” the eyes of all participants, but the authors ask whether this is a solid reason to require all students to participate?
Issue Date:2006-12-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-22

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.
  • The University and the Community
    This collection of student research interrogates the relationships between the university and the local community.

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