ERIC Number: EJ721741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar-1
Reference Count: 49
Civic Service through Schools: An International Perspective
Arenas, Alberto; Bosworth, Kris; Kwandayi, Hardson P.
Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, v36 n1 p23-40 Mar 2006
Civic service, which refers to activities that seek to improve the local, national or international community either through community service or service learning, is widespread in secondary schools around the world. Despite this pervasive presence, there are few studies that approach the subject from a cross-comparison perspective. This article addresses this gap by providing a comprehensive review of the international literature on civic service in terms of history, theory, research and practice. In terms of history and theory, the article brings together the work of several key proponents of civic service who, despite working in different countries and continents, placed civic service high in their educational agenda. In terms of research, it presents the most up-to-date research on the potential benefits and pitfalls of civic service. In terms of practice, it lists various limitations related to its implementation and presents possibilities for overcoming these. This section stresses the importance of establishing a respectful and honest relationship with intended beneficiaries to avoid fostering unhealthy social patterns, a key problem of many civic service programs. The article ends with areas for future research.
Descriptors: Community Services, Service Learning, Secondary Education, Global Approach, Educational History, Outcomes of Education, Educational Research, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Argentina; Botswana; China; Colombia; Cuba; France; India; Japan; Mexico; Philippines; Sri Lanka