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ERIC Number: ED409593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Service-Learning, an Effective Teaching Strategy for Texas Middle Schools.
Alvarado, Veronica
Service-learning is a teaching strategy used by Texas middle schools that combines classroom learning with community activities and where both students and teachers plan activities and projects that meet a well defined school or community need. These activities strengthen academic learning by addressing learning objectives, allowing students to design and participate in community projects, and providing students with opportunities to reflect on their individual involvement in learning and serving. The aim of service-learning is essentially to help students increase their academic skills through understanding how what they learn in school can be applied to the real world. The Federal National and Community Service Act of 1990 created a Corporation for National and Community Service in 1993. The Corporation brought many volunteer organizations together to promote the idea of life-long service. Learn and Serve America, one of the Corporation's programs, serves to enlighten educators about service-learning and trains them in how to establish school-community partnerships. Service-learning is a powerful teaching tool that can be used to link education to real community problems and to allow for active student participation and reflection in both the school and community. (Contains seven references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas