ERIC Number: ED465010
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Perceptions: Understanding and Responding to What People Think about Service-Learning.
Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Most people see a tactical barrier to implementing service learning (SL), which is how to create the infrastructure that makes SL possible without placing undue burden on schools, people, and teachers. Teachers must be shown how SL can be seamlessly incorporated into their teaching. The media are not especially concerned with SL, but coverage is generally positive. The following are misperceptions about SL: SL and mandatory service are the same; SL activities benefit only the students; SL provides cheap labor but does not benefit students; SL is an "add-on" and burden to teachers; and SL is not real learning. Arguments against SL fit into these four broad categories: (1) back to basics; (2) values should be taught at home; (3) safety; and (4) involuntary servitude. Appealing aspects of SL fit into these four categories: (1) impart practical experience; (2) improve academic performance; (3) create better citizens; and (4) aid in personal development. The final section of the booklet presents messages, strategies, and tips for communicating effectively about SL to parents, teachers, policymakers, and the media. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Communication (Thought Transfer), Community Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Persuasive Discourse, Program Attitudes, Public Opinion, Resistance (Psychology), School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Service Learning, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Participation
For full text: http://www.learningindeed.org/tools/other/Perception.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Note: Publication of the Learning in Deed: Making a Difference through Service-Learning initiative.