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ERIC Number: EJ790699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-8916
Youth Using Research: Learning through Social Practice, Community Building, and Social Change
Lynn, Alexander
New Directions for Youth Development, n106 p39-48 Sum 2005
At University High School, an alternative high school for students who failed in the Boston Public Schools system, everyone is learning to implement the more dynamic, socially conscious, and relevant way of learning by doing. Students, teachers, and staff are learning how to develop an educational philosophy and practice that is predicated on serving the community. In so doing, they are gaining the necessary skills, academic and otherwise, in the course of serving the community. Some of their staff bring prior experience to this teaching method through community service enterprises and other alternative school experiences. Some of their students have participated in youth and community programs that base learning on the process of community building. At University High School, they have adopted the teaching and learning way called "community action project-based learning." They believe that learning is about basing educational experience in the practice of serving the communities in which they live and from the people from which they come. It is their belief that social practice guides the educator-practitioner to facilitate a learning process whose subject is the community of students. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System