ERIC Number: ED309135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Community Service and Civic Education. ERIC Digest.
Community service is a voluntary contribution to the commonweal that teaches valuable lessons about the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society. Vital services are provided through thousands of organizations created to meet needs not otherwise provided for by government. Participation in these community service projects help create a sense of concern for the public good and a commitment to voluntarism so essential to the future of the United States. Students at every level of school can participate in these projects and thus learn many social studies skills, including data gathering, critical thinking, and decision making. Community service programs also teach civic participation processes and skills, including group interaction, leadership, cooperation, and political influence. Service activities build positive bonds between youth and the institutions of our society and strengthen student academic performance and self-esteem. Service brings together students from diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups. Fourteen characteristics of exemplary community service programs are cited, including the principles that: (1) community service must meet genuine needs; (2) it must have real consequences; and (3) it must require significant personal responsibility and decision making. Five nationally recognized school-based programs are given as examples of ongoing community service programs that teachers and curriculum specialists might study. A 13-item bibliography is included. (JB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Community Action, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Community Responsibility, Community Services, Humanitarianism, Public Affairs Education, Public Service, School Community Relationship, Social Responsibility, Social Services, Student Participation, Student Volunteers
ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, 2805 East Tenth Street, Suite 120, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47408 ($1.00).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.