Symposium Community Service learning

Presentation Robert G. Bringle

Dit najaar is internationaal voorloper op het gebied van Community Service Learning, Robert G. Bringle, naar de VU gekomen voor een gevarieerde reeks van bijeenkomsten en ontmoetingen.

Als onderdeel van deze reeks bijeenkomsten organiseren KnowVU en SOZ het Symposium Community Service Learning – uiteraard met een hoofdrol voor Robert Bringle.

Hieronder kan de presentatie (ppt) van Rober Bringle gevonden worden. Ook hebben deze dag verschillende onderzoekers en medewerkers van de VU panel pitches gegeven over hoe Community Service Learning (CSL) binnen hun disciplines wordt meegenomen. Samenvattingen van de panel pitches zijn hieronder te vinden.

People from various disciplines were asked to present a short panel pitch which provides examples of how community service learning (CSL) can (or will) be found within their respective discipline. The summary can be found below

  1. Joram Pach – Sociology

Most students will work outside the university field. They can feel uncomfortable with the labour market (and often have to ‘unlearn’ a lot). Ready for next step: not activities but didactics in new bachelor programme about societal interventions. Key idea here is to move away from the concept of services but instead develop a learning environment with partners and stakeholders. We hope to provide a living lab.

Jamie Fehribach – Psychology

Clinical (psychology) incorporated in programme. An example could be a programme together with the GVB (public transport), where we provide implementable advice and ideas to help people who suffer from anxiety with using public transport in Amsterdam.

Jelle Tichelaar – Learner Centred student run clinic – Vumc

At the VU medical Centre there are more than 100 active healthcare students each year in the disciplines of medicine, pharmacy and nursing. The projects of the VUmc are 100% student runned. The aim of each project is to create a win-win-win situation for students

Johan Lievens – street law

Students become teachers in high school to teach about law topics in Amsterdam. Learning through teaching. Also ‘soft skills’ (presenting, giving feedback etc.) ‘Community’ for now is defined as high school students. Plans to expand this.

Esther Molenaar – health and life sciences

New course: youth & health (boot & vooruit projects). How can we use movement based learnings in these programs. Students look for literature and present there results to community partners. Reactions are positive: evidence and practice based manner is appreciated, as well as the fact that students are thought to look further than scientific discourse (getting out of the comfort zone).

Monique van Veen – AAGG (health program)

Overweight children is a program with underlying sources:

  • Food
  • Movement etc

For teeth: poor hygiene is problematic. 1/5 children obese. Combining programs (AAGG + gebit). Focus group meetings to identify problems as well as intervening plans

Sander de Leeuw – logistics

Project Food Bank: most activities in foodbank is logistic, collaboration with logistics VU therefore valuable. Students help with systems… but problems with learning objectives (students don’t get any credit). Only when students work in the organization they get the thrust. Other challenge: how do we make it a sustainable project (instead dependence of one person)

Galoeh Adrain Noviar – student assistant CSL

CSL motivating factor. Municipality of Amsterdam has projects on tackling loneliness in the city. Problem: project of 8 weeks, leaving civilians alone after. Luckily: new programmes expanded further on this


Followed up by group discussion:

  • Why would you integrate CSL into your programme
  • Why would you not integrate CSL
  • What are the strategies for the integration of CSL
  • What are the strategies for scaling up CSL with the VU

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