Kristin Louise Gustafson
Links academic study to experiential and community-based learning conducted at on- or off-campus sites. Topics and sites may vary with instructor.
TEACHING YOUTH JOURNALISM... The course examines the potential of journalism skills in unleashing stories of community youth that might otherwise be untold. Students will study the theory and practice of peer tutoring with the university's writing center and youth in our surrounding communities.
Student learning goals
Fundamental journalism skills of reporting, writing, and media critique
Fundamental peer-editing skills of listening, speaking, reflecting, and analyzing
Fundamental teaching skills of lesson-plan development and student coaching
Fundamental understanding and articulation of tutoring styles and philosophy
Fundamental knowledge of storytelling, youth, and community
General method of instruction
This course rests at the intersection of three areas of learning. Students first learn about the powerful role of journalism in our world and how it helps us tell stories. Second, students learn about learning as they practice peer editing, examine different teaching styles, and create curriculum. And third, students partner with community organizations to work with youth, journalism, and community story telling. A major component of the course entails learning off-campus with a community-based partner, during which time we will not meet on campus.
This is a 200-level course without prerequisites or necessary background other than an eagerness to learn, a commitment to excellence, and an investment in community. Students who need help with some writing basics are encouraged to supplement course learning with university services and books on grammar and punctuation.
Class assignments and grading
Students will build on their wide range of backgrounds and educational expertise as they expand their knowledge, understanding, and skills in media literacy, journalism, diversity, community media, and pedagogy. In addition to working closely with the University of Washington Bothell's Writing Center, students will learn through in-class tutorials, role-playing, on-line discussions, class readings, skill building, curriculum development, reflective writing, and their on-site interactions with youth and community organizations.