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Service Learning Experiences in the Bachelor’s Degree in Social Education


Learning and personality development

  • Coordinator: Gisela Ferré (gisela.ferre@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Escola Pública de Bonavista
  • Summary: Within the framework of the subject "Learning and development of personality", which shares the first-year student of 4 different degrees from the Faculty of Education and Psychology (FCEP) (Early Childhood Education, Primary Education, Social Education and Pedagogy), integration in the classroom of the 1st and 2nd elementary students of the Public School of Bonavista is addressed. The school has a maximum complexity of group C. Students of the university hold sessions of observation of the integration between equals in the classroom and elaborates a proposal of integration taking into account the evolutionary characteristics of the children. The observation sessions are held in small groups during the month of November, and in February the contributions are returned to the school.

Research and evaluation in education

  • Coordinator: Juana María Tierno (responsable.peps@urv.cat)
  • Community organizations: Civic Center of Sant Pere i Sant Pau, Civic Center of Sant Salvador, CRAE Foundation House Sant Josep, Red Cross Tarragona, Topromi Foundation, Drug Service of Tarragona City Council, Drug Service of University Hospital of Sant Joan of Reus, Basic social services teams of Reus.
  • Summary: This experience consists in that student focus groups from the 2nd year of the Degree in Social Pedagogy and Degree in Social Education carry out an interdisciplinary project in groups that includes all the subjects on the course. This project is presented in draft form and must respond to some of the needs of the institution in which it will be put into practice. Students can carry out three interviews with the heads of institutions to contextualize and identify their needs, and acquire the information they need to design the project. In their preparation of the project they should bear in mind: attention to diversity, research methodologies, planning, the legal framework of the organization and project, the psychological aspects of the users to whom it is addressed and communication skills for the oral presentation of the project. Students will also assess the specific skills of each of the subjects with some reference to the use of ICT and language. Some projects that students have done revolves around adult education, mental health disorders, elderly awareness, environmental education with visually impaired people, self-esteem in people with HSV / AIDS or the creation of a multisensory classroom for people with Alzheimer's, among others.

Planning and organization educational intervention

  • Coordinator: Juana María Tierno (responsable.peps@urv.cat)
  • Community organizations: Civic Center of Sant Pere i Sant Pau, Civic Center of Sant Salvador, CRAE Foundation House Sant Josep, Red Cross Tarragona, Topromi Foundation, Drug Service of Tarragona City Council, Drug Service of University Hospital of Sant Joan of Reus, Basic social services teams of Reus.
  • Summary: This experience consists in that student focus groups from the 2nd year of the Degree in Social Pedagogy and Degree in Social Education carry out an interdisciplinary project in groups that includes all the subjects on the course. This project is presented in draft form and must respond to some of the needs of the institution in which it will be put into practice. Students can carry out three interviews with the heads of institutions to contextualize and identify their needs, and acquire the information they need to design the project. In their preparation of the project they should bear in mind: attention to diversity, research methodologies, planning, the legal framework of the organization and project, the psychological aspects of the users to whom it is addressed and communication skills for the oral presentation of the project. Students will also assess the specific skills of each of the subjects with some reference to the use of ICT and language. Some projects that students have done revolves around adult education, mental health disorders, elderly awareness, environmental education with visually impaired people, self-esteem in people with HSV / AIDS or the creation of a multisensory classroom for people with Alzheimer's, among others.

Policy and management in education

  • Coordinator: Juana María Tierno (responsable.peps@urv.cat)
  • Community organizations: Civic Center of Sant Pere i Sant Pau, Civic Center of Sant Salvador, CRAE Foundation House Sant Josep, Red Cross Tarragona, Topromi Foundation, Drug Service of Tarragona City Council, Drug Service of University Hospital of Sant Joan of Reus, Basic social services teams of Reus.
  • Summary: This experience consists in that student focus groups from the 2nd year of the Degree in Social Pedagogy and Degree in Social Education carry out an interdisciplinary project in groups that includes all the subjects on the course. This project is presented in draft form and must respond to some of the needs of the institution in which it will be put into practice. Students can carry out three interviews with the heads of institutions to contextualize and identify their needs, and acquire the information they need to design the project. In their preparation of the project they should bear in mind: attention to diversity, research methodologies, planning, the legal framework of the organization and project, the psychological aspects of the users to whom it is addressed and communication skills for the oral presentation of the project. Students will also assess the specific skills of each of the subjects with some reference to the use of ICT and language. Some projects that students have done revolves around adult education, mental health disorders, elderly awareness, environmental education with visually impaired people, self-esteem in people with HSV / AIDS or the creation of a multisensory classroom for people with Alzheimer's, among others.

Professional projection

  • Coordinator: Juana María Tierno (responsable.peps@urv.cat)
  • Community organizations: Civic Center of Sant Pere i Sant Pau, Civic Center of Sant Salvador, CRAE Foundation House Sant Josep, Red Cross Tarragona, Topromi Foundation, Drug Service of Tarragona City Council, Drug Service of University Hospital of Sant Joan of Reus, Basic social services teams of Reus.
  • Summary: This experience consists in that student focus groups from the 2nd year of the Degree in Social Pedagogy and Degree in Social Education carry out an interdisciplinary project in groups that includes all the subjects on the course. This project is presented in draft form and must respond to some of the needs of the institution in which it will be put into practice. Students can carry out three interviews with the heads of institutions to contextualize and identify their needs, and acquire the information they need to design the project. In their preparation of the project they should bear in mind: attention to diversity, research methodologies, planning, the legal framework of the organization and project, the psychological aspects of the users to whom it is addressed and communication skills for the oral presentation of the project. Students will also assess the specific skills of each of the subjects with some reference to the use of ICT and language. Some projects that students have done revolves around adult education, mental health disorders, elderly awareness, environmental education with visually impaired people, self-esteem in people with HSV / AIDS or the creation of a multisensory classroom for people with Alzheimer's, among others.

Psychology of adolescence, maturity and seniors

  • Coordinator: Juana María Tierno (responsable.peps@urv.cat)
  • Community organizations: Civic Center of Sant Pere i Sant Pau, Civic Center of Sant Salvador, CRAE Foundation House Sant Josep, Red Cross Tarragona, Topromi Foundation, Drug Service of Tarragona City Council, Drug Service of University Hospital of Sant Joan of Reus, Basic social services teams of Reus.
  • Summary: This experience consists in that student focus groups from the 2nd year of the Degree in Social Pedagogy and Degree in Social Education carry out an interdisciplinary project in groups that includes all the subjects on the course. This project is presented in draft form and must respond to some of the needs of the institution in which it will be put into practice. Students can carry out three interviews with the heads of institutions to contextualize and identify their needs, and acquire the information they need to design the project. In their preparation of the project they should bear in mind: attention to diversity, research methodologies, planning, the legal framework of the organization and project, the psychological aspects of the users to whom it is addressed and communication skills for the oral presentation of the project. Students will also assess the specific skills of each of the subjects with some reference to the use of ICT and language. Some projects that students have done revolves around adult education, mental health disorders, elderly awareness, environmental education with visually impaired people, self-esteem in people with HSV / AIDS or the creation of a multisensory classroom for people with Alzheimer's, among others.

Attention on diversity

  • Coordinator: Juana María Tierno (responsable.peps@urv.cat)
  • Community organizations: Civic Center of Sant Pere i Sant Pau, Civic Center of Sant Salvador, CRAE Foundation House Sant Josep, Red Cross Tarragona, Topromi Foundation, Drug Service of Tarragona City Council, Drug Service of University Hospital of Sant Joan of Reus, Basic social services teams of Reus.
  • Summary: This experience consists in that student focus groups from the 2nd year of the Degree in Social Pedagogy and Degree in Social Education carry out an interdisciplinary project in groups that includes all the subjects on the course. This project is presented in draft form and must respond to some of the needs of the institution in which it will be put into practice. Students can carry out three interviews with the heads of institutions to contextualize and identify their needs, and acquire the information they need to design the project. In their preparation of the project they should bear in mind: attention to diversity, research methodologies, planning, the legal framework of the organization and project, the psychological aspects of the users to whom it is addressed and communication skills for the oral presentation of the project. Students will also assess the specific skills of each of the subjects with some reference to the use of ICT and language. Some projects that students have done revolves around adult education, mental health disorders, elderly awareness, environmental education with visually impaired people, self-esteem in people with HSV / AIDS or the creation of a multisensory classroom for people with Alzheimer's, among others.

Community, social surroundings and community action

  • Coordinator: Barbara Biglia
  • Community organization: "Ajuntament del Vendrell - Taula Comunitària"
  • Summary: This APS project it is enrolled in the community project of El Vendrell which, with a wide experience, it is characterized for have woven belief relationships and collaborative work with a lot of citizens' entities. The "Taula Comunitària", which manages the community work, has detected the necessity of doing a balance of the work done, analyzing the impact and the results of the activities done during this years to improve for the future. What the students have to do is to evaluate how this experience is going, to look for the necessities of de community and design improvement proposals. It is proposed a real experience related to the dynamic of the "Taula" but it also let the students give their external opinion which will open a new scenario for the future work. Specially, social capital community wants to be widened, detecting things that need to be reinforced in the work, it also wants to expand to different entities which are not involved in the project, the capacity of communication with the neighbors, improve the perception of the new initiatives proposed... This analysis of the community it is necessary to consolidate this space like something own of the city, which has to let the entities have the voice that in other ways would be difficult for them to have, and to set a good net. Moreover, the students will practice in a real situation the learnings done in the subject "Community, Social Surroundings and community action" and understand the advantages and disadvantages of the working area.

Professional and ethical development in social education

  • Coordinator: Carmen Negrillo (carme.negrillo@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Vila-seca retirement home
  • Summary: In this course, students conduct a short programme of activities for senior citizens with different social needs, the aim of which is to enhance the health and social relationships of residents of an old people's home. In so doing, they acquire knowledge of a working environment that is intended for socioeducational intervention and gain experience in practicing social responsibility as professionals. At the Vila-seca Retirement Home, and in accordance with the "Demential care mapping" model, which pursues the holistic well-being of the individual, senior citizens are provided with numerous care services. The service learning activities are stimulating experiences such as:

    - Book reading and conversations with senior citizens
    - Games
    - Brain gym exercises
    - Social-emotional educational activities
    - Other creative and artistic activities aimed at promoting social inclusion.

Cooperation Practicum

  • Coordinator: Paloma Vicens (paloma.vicens@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: El Sueño de la Campana Foundation
  • Summary: The practicum is the result of a cooperation agreement signed in the 2004-2005 academic year between the URV School of Education Sciences and Psychology (FCEP) and the El Sueño de la Campana Foundation of San Ramón in Matagalpa, Nicaragua and it is realized from the academic year 2012-13 until the present. The main aim of the project approved by the Faculty Board is to include, as part of our students' training, supportive external practicums that will help them become both good professionals and individuals who are sensitive to the problems of the modern world and who understand how people in other countries who suffer from poverty and marginalization live. The URV School of Education Sciences and Psychology participates in the educational, psychological and social aspects of the collaboration agreement and works mainly with the most vulnerable groups, such as children, teenagers and women.

Final project - Cooperation Practicum

  • Coordinator: Paloma Vicens (paloma.vicens@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: El Sueño de la Campana Foundation
  • Summary: Students who have participated in the above practicum since the academic year 2012-13 can conduct their final project on the same subject.

Final project - Study on the benefits of horse riding for people in situations of social vulnerability

  • Coordinator: Montserrat Guasch García (montserrat.guasch@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Riding Club Reus QMT
  • Summary: This study arose from the 1st edition of the URV initiative entitled the Social Projects Marketplace and was realized in the academic year 2015-16. It aims to investigate how horse riding can benefit socially vulnerable people. Specifically, students will study a sample of 5 or 6 young people considered to be at risk of social exclusion who are currently participating or have participated in a social initiative by Riding Club Reus QMT. The project seeks to introduce pupils at the Gaudí Secondary School in Reus to the world of horse riding.

Final Project - Study on the impact of the organization in the community environment

  • Coordinator: Cristian Carrera (cristiano.carrera@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Foundation Mossen Federic Bara and Cortiella
  • Summary: This paper derives from the Final Grade III Market Social Projects URV and was realized the academic year 2017-18. It is a study on the impact of the performance of the organization on the environment community to determine how educational intervention carried out since the founding influence on improving the academic performance of recipients of the service.

Final project - Social entrepreneurship as a tool for social inclusion

  • Coordinator: Joan Cabré Olivé (joan.cabre@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Young Chamber of Tarragona
  • Summary: This project arose from the 2nd edition of the URV initiative entitled the Social Projects Marketplace and was realized the course 2016-17. The Young International Chamber is a non-governmental association where young people from all over the world learn to take responsibility and develop leadership skills by working on projects for the community. For this reason, one of the objectives of the association is to attract new members to be able to lead the current and/or future projects, as well as to analyze the needs of the community in order to lead projects that respond. In order to achieve these objectives, the experience presented focuses doubly on the youth group. On the one hand, when analyzing the needs, interests and motivations of young people in the context of Tarragona to promote projects that respond to these needs/interests, and on the other hand, empowerment, so that this same group of young people is the leader of these proposals. More specifically, we want to analyze the group of young people between 16-25 years of age in situations of social exclusion or at risk of Tarragona, to open a new line in the Young Chamber in the leadership of projects of social inclusion. Therefore, it explores the strategies, programs, experience and potential that the Young Chamber has in terms of project entrepreneurship and leadership and to identify the key elements to incorporate or take into account in the entrepreneurship strategy of the Young Chamber, to promote successful projects for social inclusion in young people.

Final project - Analysis of the adaptative capacities of people with intellectual disabilites

  • Coordinator: Aitor Gómez González (aitor.gomez@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: La Tutela
  • Summary: The work on this project, realized the academic year 2017-18, is conducted in supervised apartments, where students evaluate the social needs of residents and propose improvements aimed at reinforcing their social skills. The students conduct semi-structured interviews with professional carers, and interview and administer a brief survey to residents on their social skills. Ideally, they also carry out observations of the apartments to see how the residents tackle everyday situations and use their social skills. The students then suggest ways in which the work conducted in situ on social skills can be improved while also safeguarding the interests of residents and professional carers.

Final project - Energizing young people: motivation and creation of dynamics

  • Coordinator: Aitor Gómez González (aitor.gomez@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Sapce Jove Kesse
  • Summary: Student on this research project realized the academic year 2017-18 applied qualitative data collection techniques to professionals and users of the organization. The main aims were to identify why youngsters fail to visit the service regularly and to propose ways to encourage more young people to attend and to attend more regularly. The interviews and discussion groups held helped to determine why young people did not visit this service.

Final project - Population study of sport and people with physical disability

  • Coordinator: Montserrat Guasch García (montserrat.guasch@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: "Pàdel Amb Tu" (paddle tennis adapted sport association)
  • Summary: This population study, conducted in the province of Tarragona during the academic year 2018-19, analysed the sports played by subjects aged over seven years old with disabilities. The sports were classified according to type of activity, activity schedules, frequency and cost, etc. The percentage of people who do sports in occupational workshops and special education schools was also calculated, and ways of improving sports programmes intended for the disabled population were explored.

Final project - Consequences of eviction on the physical, psychological and emotional wellness of the evicted

  • Coordinator: Montserrat Guasch García (montserrat.guasch@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Casal Cultural Panxampla
  • Summary: This interdisciplinary project of the academic year 2018-19, conducted in collaboration with PAH TE (platform for those affected by mortgages in the Ebro region) and the final degree projects for the URV's degrees in Nursing and Social Education, examines the consequences of evictions on the physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing of evictees. Students conduct qualitative fieldwork, especially when observing the PAH's local assemblies and conducting in-depth interviews with evictees, in order to highlight the social problems behind individual situations. They also identify how the PAH functions as a community movement that provides encouragement and emotional support for people affected by evictions.

Final Project - How to tackle emotional malaise in young people 

  • Coordinator: Miquel Folch Carbonell (miquel.folch@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Espai Jove Kesse
  • Summary:  This project began with a specific need from Espai Jove Kesse, a community organization for young people, concerning the increase in emotional anxieties, concerns and disquiet of the young people who visit the organization, whose staff did not know how to manage these problems. The project, of the academic year 2018-19, involves analysing the resources of the organizations involved (Espai Jove Kesse, Oficina Jove, Oficina Jove del Tarragonès and Espai Jove La Palmera) and studying the professional profile (competences, abilities, role, etc.) of social educators whose task is to provide direct care to help young people deal with emotional malaise. 

Final Project – Interchange project between regular schools and special education schools

  • Coordinator: Mireia Manchado (mireia.manchado@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: La Muntanyeta Cerebral Palsy Provincial Association
  • Summary: Students on this project realized the academic year 2018-19 conducted fieldwork at a centre that provides support for students of integral education centres, who had specific socialization needs that require a specific form of daily care. Participants conducted life stories and hold in-depth interviews with students, social educators, family members and teachers.

Final Project - Creation of a catalogue of resources for SIAD Deltebre

  • Coordinator: Mireia Manchado Cabré (mireia.manchado(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: SIAD Deltebre- City Council of Deltebre
  • Summary: The driving forces behind this project from the 2018-19 were Rosa Queralt, a feminist activist from the Terres de l'Ebre and former URV lecturer, and her relationship with SIAD (an information and care service for women) in the Terres de l'Ebre. The service identified a need for a catalogue of resources to respond to the demands of the users of the service and the professionals who work there. A catalogue of resources is a tool that enables the community to be accurately informed about the service, including what it does, why and for whom. The main aim of the project is to provide professionals and users with a consultation tool for finding precise responses to the needs of individuals.

Final Project – Single-parent families in Deltebre

  • Coordinator: Mireia Manchado Cabré (mireia.manchado(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Deltebre town hall 
  • Summary: The function of a town hall is to safeguard the interests and respond to the needs of the whole population. Single-parent families in Deltebre make up a large group about which little information is available. It was decided to conduct that study realized during the academic year 2018-19 of these families and to generate resources, tools and actions that would cover their needs. The main aim of this needs analysis was to provide the town hall with accurate information on these families so that it can implement gender policies. 

Final Project -  Study of the needs of families in an Autism Spectrum Disorder association

  • Coordinator: Montserrat Guasch Garcia (montserrat.guasch@urv.cat) 
  • Community organization: ATEATE (Terres de l'Ebre Autism Association)
  • Summary: Students analysed the needs of the Association with a view to redirecting its objectives towards actions aimed at promoting education, awareness and support for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The project of the academic year 2018-19 worked with various stakeholders to analysed these needs and determined how to meet them. 

Final Project - Analysis of improvements in the academic acheivements of young people who attend a recreation centre

  • Coordinator: Regina Gairal (regina.gairal@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Atzavara-Arrels
  • Summary: Students on this research project of the academic year 2018-19 worked in collaboration with recreation centre staff under the hypothesis that the young people who attend the Atzavara-Arrels recreation centre perform better academically and progress ever closer towards achieving academic success. 

Educational action in families

  • Coordinator: Jessica Casas (jessica.casas@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Tarragona Social Services Institute
  • Summary: On this course, students design education projects to respond to the real needs of families as detected by professionals from the Basic Teams of Social Services in Tarragona (BTSS). BTSS social educators participate actively with our students, provide advice and guidance, and supervise the design of the project.

Chilhood and health

  • Coordinator: Carmen Ponce (carmen.ponce@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Reus Public Health Department, Primary Schools and High Schools of Reus
  • Summary: On this course, students help to create an interactive exhibition for schoolchildren in the town of Reus who are in their final year of compulsory secondary education. The topics covered are the prevention of drug addiction (alcohol, tobacco and pills), the prevention of HIV infection, and sexual health. These activities are part of a wider project by the Public Health Department of Reus to promote health in secondary education. The exhibition is a sporadic activity within a wider ongoing project that requires continuous collaboration between tutors and students throughout the school year. 
  • You can listen to the experience in Tarragona Ràdio
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Ethics in an educational intervention in social maladjustment

  • Coordinator: Carmen Negrillo Falcó (carme.negrillo@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Vila-seca retirement home
  • Summary: Students will provide a short program of activities for senior citizens with different social needs to enrich the health and social relations of the residents of the Vila-seca retirement home. At the same time students acquire knowledge of a working environment that is intended for socioeducational intervention and gain experience in practicing social responsibility as professionals. At the Vila-seca Retirement Home, and in accordance with the "Demential care mapping" model, which pursues the holistic well-being of the individual, senior citizens are provided with numerous care services. The service learning activities are stimulating experiences such as:
       -    Book reading and conversations with senior citizens
       -    Fun activities
       -    Social-emotional educational activities
       -    Other activities related with an art, creativity, social inclusion.
    Each student will learn and gain experience in working with older people in the realization of educational, recreational and social activities.

Ethics in an educational intervention in childhood and family

  • Coordinator: Carmen Negrillo Falcó (carme.negrillo@urv.cat)
  • Community organization: Vila-seca retirement home
  • Summary: Students will provide a short program of activities for senior citizens with different social needs to enrich the health and social relations of the residents of the Vila-seca retirement home. At the same time students acquire knowledge of a working environment that is intended for socioeducational intervention and gain experience in practicing social responsibility as professionals. At the Vila-seca Retirement Home, and in accordance with the "Demential care mapping" model, which pursues the holistic well-being of the individual, senior citizens are provided with numerous care services. The service learning activities are stimulating experiences such as:
       -    Book reading and conversations with senior citizens
       -    Fun activities
       -    Social-emotional educational activities
       -    Other activities related with an art, creativity, social inclusion.
    Each student will learn and gain experience in working with older people in the realization of educational, recreational and social activities.