ERIC Number: ED466334
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: N/A
Finding Common Ground: Service-Learning and Education Reform. A Survey of 28 Leading School Reform Models.
Pearson, Sarah S.
This guide for policymakers at all levels illuminates common ground between education reform and service learning and encourages the inclusion of service learning as a viable partner in education reform efforts. Leading school reform models are analyzed with a focus on their compatibility with service learning. Also included is a description of how models ranked themselves against essential service learning elements, brief descriptions of service learning and comprehensive school reform, suggestions on how these initiatives could work more closely together, and examples of barriers that must be overcome. Leading school reform models were selected from among the models listed in the original Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration (CSRD) program established by Congress in 1998. A survey was sent to model developers and up to four schools per model that had used the model for at least 2 years. A majority of the 28 models examined were rated as "compatible" with service learning; 11 were rated as "highly compatible." A summary analysis of each model was developed from current information and research, comments provided by model developers, and comments provided by schools using the model. Appendices include the survey; a chart of compatibility for all school reform models, broken down by key service learning element; and a declaration of principles of service learning. (Contains 111 references and 21 resources.) (TD)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Change Strategies, Citizenship Responsibility, Community Involvement, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Models, Nontraditional Education, Relevance (Education), School Community Relationship, School Surveys, Service Learning
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC.