ERIC Number: EJ799869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Service-Learning for Social Justice in the Elementary Classroom: Can We Get There from Here?
Wade, Rahima C.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v40 n2 p156-165 Apr 2007
This article focuses on 40 elementary school teachers' efforts to involve their students in social justice-oriented service-learning experiences and the struggles and support they encounter in doing so. The service-learning activities described here begin with student interest and initiative and focus on advocacy and concerted efforts to right unjust situations. With teacher support and guidance, students consider multiple perspectives and challenge the status quo. At times they accomplish their aims; in other cases, success is found in students learning valuable life lessons about the skills and long-term effort needed to effect change. Struggles with state mandates, required curriculum, colleagues, and parents are discussed, as well as the creative and subversive measures teachers use to address these challenges.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Learning Activities, Student Interests, Service Learning, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Student Participation, Advocacy, Democratic Values, Social Values
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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