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ERIC Number: EJ863512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-5943
Promoting Social and Health Advocacy in the Classroom through Service Learning
Wyatt, Tammy Jordan; Peterson, Fred L.
Health Educator, v40 n2 p77-81 Fall 2008
The ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health represents an essential skill for a health literate individual. By providing opportunities to successfully engage in health advocacy and service learning activities, students may be motivated to become life-long advocates for health and continue to actively advocate and participate in activities to support health education and health care services. Similarly, service learning pedagogy is used in K-12 schools to enhance traditional modes of learning, actively engage students in their own education through experiential learning in course relevant contexts, and foster lifelong connections between students, their communities, and the world outside the classroom. Promoting Social and Health Advocacy in the Classroom through Service Learning is a strategy that provides K-12 and college-aged students in a variety of classroom settings the opportunity to advocate and communicate for positive health in their communities as well as participate in age-appropriate civic service activities, thus enhancing the development of responsible, productive citizens and effective communicators. This teaching technique links classroom content within a variety of course content areas with the spirit of advocacy, volunteerism, service learning, and community service. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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