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Service Learning

Stephen J. Meyer and Shelley H. Billig

in Education

ISBN: 9780199756810
Published online December 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756810-0038
Service Learning

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Service learning is variously considered an instructional approach, a philosophy, and a practice that engages people in the provision of community service as a way of acquiring knowledge, skills, or dispositions related to an academic content class or a program. No single definition of the practice is widely shared, though definitions usually share the central concepts of planning and provision of service to meet a genuine community need, an explicit link to academic or learning objectives, inclusion of reflection activities, and some degree of youth voice or participation in decision making around the social problem to be addressed. Typical types of service learning involve projects that address the environment, senior citizens, the homeless, literacy, safety, or any other topic associated with a community need. Service learning may take place during the kindergarten through twelfth grade school day, after school during clubs sponsored by the school or community members, such as the Lions Club or the YMCA, or as part of a community college or university course. Service learning may be an individual or group activity and is sometimes connected with a requirement to provide a certain number of hours of service. Service learning differs from community service in that service learning requires a connection with learning objectives whereas community service may be pure volunteerism with no specifically articulated learning goals.

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Subjects: Education ; Organization and Management of Education ; Philosophy and Theory of Education ; Schools Studies ; Teaching Skills and Techniques

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