Service-Learning as a Device to Promote Citizen Education with College Students

A Service-Learning program carried out at the Faculty of Psychology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico is described. This project was linked to the subject "Research Workshop II" which is taught at the undergraduate level and consists of 3 theoretical hours, 3 practical hours and 4 hours for preparation of materials for the intervention. The students intervened at the "Teacher Candor Guajardo", a Primary School in Mexico City, in three sub-projects: zero waste, green walls, and environmental rehabilitation. 9 students of the BA in Psychology, five students of the Faculty of Architecture, and about 150, fifth and sixth-grade students of the elementary school, participated in the study. The project was developed through the following phases: pre-test-intervention-post-test, to measure the relationship between the participation of students in the aforementioned sub-projects, and the development of citizenship competencies of university and primary school students. The intervention procedure incorporated the methodology proposed by the approach "Human Centered Design Thinking" developed by Stanford University, which promotes the development of intervention proposals suited to the needs of the community, and includes six stages: listening, empathizing, imagining, creating prototypes, implementation, and evaluation. The results indicate that this cognitive-affective approach, allowed students (college and primary school) to be deeply involved during the projects’ implementation process, which improved the environmental sustainability of their school, and in turn, promoted a significate change, from pre to post-test, in the level of their citizenship competencies.

Service Learning, Citizen Education, Community Intervention, Education in Values

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