What's Your Question?
What’s the question that you never tire of asking and that has, over time, continued to animate your curiosity? On October 24th, Amy Anderson, David Malone, and Matt Serra helped IARSLCE participants navigate this question in a session called “Service-learning in the Life and Career Course: Tugging on Ariadne’s Thread”.
The undergraduate experience is often a fragmented landscape of general education, concentration, electives, co-curricular activities, and experiences in “the real world” beyond campus. “What’s Your Question?” is a deeply reflective exercise designed to help integrate and make sense of the myriad of experiences students (and civic engagement professionals) begin to collect and accumulate throughout their careers. The goal is to begin to weave together a narrative thread that integrates academic, personal and civic interests, with the hopes of creating an authentic, meaningful, values-driven life and career path.
“What’s Your Question?” asks:
- To what extent can you look back and connect your service-learning or co-curricular experiences to this question?
- To what extent does this question have resonance with your current work?
- What skills have you developed (or would you like to develop) as a result of following your curiosity around this question?
“Fostering students’ abilities to integrate learning – over time, across courses, and between academic, personal, and community life is one of the most important goals and challenges of higher education.”
Fostering students' abilities to integrate learning--over time, across courses, and between academic, personal, and community life is one of the most important goals and challenges of higher education. The hope is that when we can understand, reflect on, and make sense of our current experiences, it will lead to an integrated of meaningful work aligned with personal values.
**NOTE: Much of the information gathered here is quoted directly from a PowerPoint presentation created by Amy Anderson, David Malone, and Matt Sera.