ERIC Number: ED384737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Service Learning. Trends and Issues Alerts.
Lankard, Bettina A.
Service learning is defined as a teaching/learning method connecting meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility. It is associated with various school-to-work transition efforts, including apprenticeship, tech prep, outcome-based education, and substance abuse and dropout prevention. As a form of work-based learning, service learning parallels many job training efforts. The concept of service learning first emerged in the Progressive Education movement of the early 1900s. The recent renewal of interest in service learning was reflected in the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. Service learning differs from volunteerism in that it requires a deliberate connection between service and academic learning and thoughtful reflection on the service experience. Charity and change are two orientations to service learning activities. Service learning and school-to-work initiatives are mutually compatible and offer similar benefits, including enabling environments in which employability skills may be developed, work-based experiences in a community setting, and collaboration between educators and community groups. (An annotated bibliography of 15 print resources about service learning and a list of 4 resource organizations are included.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.