ERIC Number: EJ710331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-1
Reference Count: N/A
Motivating Students through Project-Based Service Learning
T.H.E. Journal, v32 n6 p29 Jan 2005
Project-based service learning emphasizes educational opportunities that are interdisciplinary, student-centered, collaborative, and integrated with real-world issues and practices. Teachers have found that environments which foster academic achievement through hands-on, authentic learning can motivate students by engaging them in their own learning (Brophy 1986; Lumsden 1994). Students apply and integrate the content of different subject areas at authentic moments in the production process, instead of in isolation or in an artificial setting. Thus, learning becomes relevant and useful as students establish connections to life outside of school. Authentic projects also help to address real-world concerns and develop real-world skills. This article provides three examples of student-driven service learning projects integrated with technology that engage and motivate California students, while simultaneously encouraging mastery of the academic content standards.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Academic Achievement, Technology Integration, Student Motivation, Student Projects, Academic Standards, Teaching Methods, Educational Opportunities, Educational Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California