This section of the comprehensive account of the action research and pedagogical reform of the CASA-Sevilla study-abroad programme concerns the introduction of community-engaged learning as a way to complement classroom instruction. Some experiential elements were already part of the programme's previous design (homestays, cultural visits), but they needed to be structured into the curriculum, with clear learning goals and evaluation criteria. In addition, to palliate the obstacles students experienced when trying to establish connections with the local society, service-learning in community organisations was introduced into the core ‘Beyond Stereotypes’ course. This section describes the strategies that were designed to encourage active learning in the homestays, the cultural visits and the participation in community organisations, and the role these elements play in the new programme.
Luisa Álvarez-Ossorio Piñero holds a degree in History from the University of Seville. She has worked for the CASA-Sevilla study abroad programme since 1997 as Assistant Director and since 2005 as Programme Coordinator. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eva Infante Mora, Director of the CASA-Sevilla study abroad programme, is responsible for overall administration of the centre, including day-to-day management of the programme, student advising, liaison with the University of Seville and supervision of programme faculty and staff. A native of Seville (Spain), she holds a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Seville, and an MA in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan. She has been with CASA-Sevilla since 1997. Email: email@example.com
Bartolomé Miranda Díaz, Cultural Mentor and Professor of Art History in the CASA-Sevilla study abroad programme since 2016, holds a PhD in History and a BA in Art History from the University of Seville. He combines teaching with historical-artistic research and has published numerous monographs and articles. His main interest involves the analysis of modernity in Spain, focusing on the Moorish population, military orders and vernacular and monumental architecture. He has been awarded several prizes, among them the Bibliographic Research Bartolomé J. Gallardo Award. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org