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ERIC Number: ED456962
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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The Evolution of Critical Service Learning for Education: Four Problematics.
Masucci, Matthew; Renner, Adam
Service learning is valuable in connecting students with the world outside the classroom, resulting in a more just society for the future. However, many so-called service learning projects develop no clear link between service and learning, and lose their potential for turning students into agents of social change. Using the National Association of Secondary School Principals/Quest model for service learning as a guide, and applying principles of cultural studies and experiential learning, a critical service learning framework was devised composed of four steps: pre-reflection on oneself to achieve "political clarity," immersion in social theory and theorizing, action that includes dialog with the partnering organization, and critical reflection to integrate and personally contextualize the experience of service learning. Four areas are crucial to developing effective critical service learning. First, this framework should sharpen critical thinking skills that will transfer to daily life, particularly in areas of social difference. Second, introducing teacher candidates to critical service learning can equip them with the critical thinking skills they will be fostering in students. Third, care must be taken by teachers to foster an environment of tolerance and respect, rather than paternalism, charity, or pity. Finally, the practical implementation of the framework can happen right now in various ways. (Contains 20 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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