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ERIC Number: EJ854379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1740-5866
Student Volunteering and the Active Community: Issues and Opportunities for Teaching and Learning in Sociology
Hall, David; Hall, Irene; Cameron, Andrew; Green, Pat
LATISS: Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences, v1 n1 p33-50 Apr 2004
Student volunteering is currently being promoted through the Higher Education Active Community Fund, which runs to August 2004 and may be extended further. This development of higher education's "third mission" has strong links with the government's agenda for citizenship and the active community. This initiative appears to have taken little account of debates concerning both the ideological bases of volunteering, in particular the contested nature of citizenship and social capital, and the practicalities of students volunteering. In an increasingly instrumental climate for higher education this represents a possible strategic flaw. The merits of integrating volunteering activity into the curriculum are discussed through comparison with service-learning in the USA, and illustrations of present practice from a number of UK universities. In conclusion, a case is made for more open and widespread dialogues between higher education institutions, the voluntary sector and policy-makers in exploring service-learning and its role in the curriculum and the community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom