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Extending the Classroom into the Community: Community Lecture Presentations

Extending the Classroom into the Community: Community Lecture Presentations

An effort to improve student learning outcomes in a critical analysis course entitled, "African American Images in the Media" required students to create and deliver a community lecture presentation on atopic related to the representation of African descended people in themes media. The effectiveness this requirement aimed at was deepening the students' comprehension and understanding of course concepts, and strengthening critical thinking skills was compared to an earlier version that did not include a service-learning component. The opportunity to interact with community audiences may be an important and necessary component to mastering very dense and unfamiliar course content.
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