14. Empowerment through Service-Learning: Teaching Technology to Senior Citizens

  1. Brian A. Nejmeh
  1. Sally R. Beisser

Published Online: 7 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118319130.ch14

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education

How to Cite

Beisser, S. R. (2012) Empowerment through Service-Learning: Teaching Technology to Senior Citizens, in Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education (ed B. A. Nejmeh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118319130.ch14

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118100349

Online ISBN: 9781118319130

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Keywords:

  • information technology (IT);
  • senior citizens;
  • service-learning pedagogy

Summary

The emergence of service-learning in higher education, with renewed emphasis on developing citizenship and community involvement, presents colleges and universities with unique opportunities for campus-community partnerships. Service-learning in this chapter is viewed as a pedagogy that promotes mutually beneficial partnerships between academic institutions and communities. The chapter supports service-learning pedagogy as a way to empower both students as participatory citizens who can make a difference and seniors as digital citizens whose technology skills are heightened. The chapter mentions two findings, one of which is that senior citizens are eager clients in acquiring technology competencies. Second, university students are willing tutors who can empower seniors and thereby contribute as citizens in their campus communities. The intent of the chapter was to measure the presence, or absence, of assets in young people’s lives as they continue in their postsecondary development.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

information technology; learning systems; teaching