Principles of Sociology
14 May 2012
Don’t Forget to Floss
“What is service learning?” This was the daunting question I continually asked myself this semester. It was not until I performed my volunteering at Frankenbery & Johnson DDS that I fully understood the concept. Volunteering can be applied in a wide variety of settings. Including sociological ideas. I was able to apply class discussion to my volunteering setting and better understand the reflection that sociology has on our society.
First off, service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with learning experiences, civic responsibilities, and overall strength in a community. Through service learning young people, like myself, are able to use ideologies that are learned in the classroom in situations that arise in real-life. This project has not only allowed me to learn the practical applications in sociology but it has given me the opportunity to contribute to the community. I observed specific levels and perspectives that enabled me to see the relevance of service learning as a requirement. Working in the dental office I was able to see the different levels and perspectives that sociologist analyze. One key thought I have picked up during this class is that sociologists study everything from specific events (the micro level of analysis of small social patterns) to the “big picture” (the macro level of analysis of large social patterns.) After processing my experiences with volunteering I felt that this requirement helped extend my learning beyond the classroom and into my community, and gave me a sense of thoughtfulness for others. This promoted learning through active participation and I am fully aware of what service truly means now.
With this project I was asked to apply five concepts from sociology to my volunteering. I approached this task with an open mind to see what connections I could identify...