ERIC Number: ED421481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Service-Learning and Teacher Education. ERIC Digest.
This Digest defines service-learning as both a philosophy of education and an instructional method. As a philosophy, service-learning reflects the belief that education should develop social responsibility and prepare students to be involved citizens in democratic life. As an instructional method, service-learning involves a blending of service activities with the academic curriculum in order to address real community needs while students learn through active engagement. The Digest provides examples of service-learning activities in teacher education; distinguishes between community service, service learning and other forms of experiential education; cites reasons for integrating service-learning into courses; discusses approaches to integrating service-learning into teacher education programs; and cites a few research studies. Initial research results, teacher educators and preservice teachers all suggest that service-learning can be a worthwhile learning experience. But, there are many challenges to its successful use in teacher education including an already overcrowded curriculum, difficulties of arranging successful K-12 and community service-learning sites, and the linkage of service-learning to state and national teacher education accreditation standards. (Contains 14 references) (LL)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teaching and Teacher Education, Washington, DC.