ERIC Number: ED490980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Community-Based Learning: Engaging Students for Success and Citizenship
Melaville, Atelia; Berg, Amy C.; Blank, Martin J.
Coalition for Community Schools
Education is the foundation of democracy. As such it must work for all young people. Yet far too often young people disengage from learning and do not reach their full, human potential. Community schools--places where partners come together to offer a range of supports and opportunities for children, youth, families, and communities before, during, and after school--address this need by using community-based learning to reengage students in education and to create the conditions for their success. In this report, information is presented that will help educators, community partners, policy makers, and funders consider the potential benefit to be gained from implementing community-based learning within their schools, districts, and states. The initial chapters provide an overview of the community-based learning model and its underlying theoretical basis. They describe the shared characteristics of community-based learning and connects theory to practice by exploring how these characteristics build on what we know about how young people learn. Chapter 3 summarizes the outcomes--academic, civic and moral, personal and social, and work related--of various community-based learning strategies. Chapter 4 is a call to action aimed at policymakers, advocates, and practitioners. Throughout the report, examples briefly illustrate how community-based learning engages young people--by helping them meet academic, social, and work goals--and how it improves their communities. These examples from urban, rural, and suburban communities focus on a diversity of issues, including a lack of community newspapers, obesity, a declining economy, and a burdened school system. The appendices offer more information. Appendix A reviews the theoretical foundations underlying the community-based learning model. Appendix B provides an overview of the six major community-based learning approaches chosen for their emphasis on community problem solving. Appendix C lists information about relevant organizations and resources available. (Contains 68 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Young Adults, Democracy, Citizenship Education, Community Education, Service Learning, Social Values, Public Policy, Experiential Learning, Student Participation
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners; Policymakers
Sponsor: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, DC.