The Division of English
Teaching on the
English students try their hand at gardening!
Pictured at the Decatur Community Learning Gardens located on GPC's Decatur campus from left to right: Dr. Terry Bozeman (English instructor) and students: Kateevavah Hawkins, Phyllis Speakman, Keith Wellman (with daughter Kayla Wellman), Jahmila Carter (with daughter Aniah Harris). See project description below.
Collaborative learning is defined as any instructional method in which students work toward common educational goals in pairs or small groups (Barkley, Cross, & Major, 2005). Collaborative activities in the classroom are experiential processes that take students out of the passive role of listeners and put them into an inquiry mode as participants in collaborative learning experiences.
Problem-based learning is defined as a curriculum designed to simultaneously develop problem solving strategies and disciplinary knowledge bases and skills; placing students in the active role of problem solvers confronted with real-world problems. (Finkle & Torp,1995, p.1)
The goal of service learning is to find ways to integrate meaningful community service within the instructional process, thus creating projects that will hereby enrich the learning experience, foster personal responsibility, encourage civic engagement, and promote the overall enhancement of our communities.
Community Based Research
Paul (2006) defined community-based research as a pedagogy designed to engage “students in a collaborative partnership to work on real research that will make a difference for local communities."
The following featured projects are a sampling of Leading-EDGE strategies currently implemented in several of GPC's English Composition courses. The ultimate goal is to actively (emotionally & physically) engage students in projects in which they can take ownership and consequently evoke genuine emotions. Students are often quoted saying, "school is not relevant to real life." Project based learning activities such as those described below attempt to bridge that perceived gap.
ENGL 1101, Spring 2011, Clarkston Campus
Instructor - Mary Helen Ramming
Digital Book Trailer Project - Students are challenged to produce a book trailer for the GPC Reads current book selection. Students are responsible for the planning, copy writing, video taping, editing, and assembly of the final video.
Development of reading and writing skills
Development of media literacy skills
Development of project management skills
Dr. Bozeman’s courses this term are focused on how writing and literacy can be used to address issues of Hunger and Health in the community. As part of the course students will plant a garden, write about ways to impact healthier eating habits, and ultimately harvest food from the garden. A portion of the harvest will be donated to a local food pantry for needy families.
Development of writing skills
Development of research skills
Development of collaborative learning skills
ENGL 1101, Fall 2011, Decatur Campus
Instructor - Scott Mitchell
In fall 2011, several classes and groups from a variety of disciplines came together to create a garden on GPC's Decatur campus. As part of Dr. Mitchell's course, students participate in maintaining the garden. Many of the writing assignments are related to experiences in the garden as well as the larger discussion about sustainability.
Development of effective writing in a variety of contexts, with an emphasis on exposition, analysis and argumentation
Development of research skills.
*Student projects featured are copyright protected and permission will not be granted for use.