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ERIC Number: ED504915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 61
Abstractor: ERIC
Service-Learning in Community-Based Organizations: A Practical Guide to Starting and Sustaining High-Quality Programs
Roehlkepartain, Eugene C.
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
Community-based organizations have long benefited from people's generosity and commitment to community. They engage volunteers to meet important human and community needs, or to address critical social issues. Sometimes they provide the service experience for school-based service-learning programs. At the same time, community-based organizations have a lot to gain by using service-learning principles and practices as a core part of their own programming. This guide provides the tips, tools, and techniques necessary to start making a positive difference in many peoples' lives by providing high-quality opportunities for youth to serve and learn. First, the guide introduces the concept of service-learning and how and why it is useful and appropriate in community-based organizations. The whole guide is built on what is known about quality service-learning, based on a major consensus-building process in the field in 2008 (Billig & Weah, 2008). These quality standards are introduced at the beginning of the guide. They are then used throughout as touchpoints for reflecting on the quality and impact of programs through all phases of the service-learning process. Each phase of the process includes a checklist for how each of the standards can be applied to that aspect of service-learning. The guide ends with a collection of available references and resources. In addition, web links to additional references and tools when they are available have been included. (Contains 34 footnotes and a list of 26 references and resources.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Service-Learning Clearinghouse; Search Institute
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