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ERIC Number: EJ894655
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Work that Is Real
Kaye, Cathryn Berger
Principal Leadership, v10 n6 p18-24 Feb 2010
Service learning as an integral facet of academic pedagogy is catching on everywhere--and for good reasons. Even in challenging economic times, when high-stakes testing appears to be calling the shots, educators realize that having students show up is only part of the equation. Like adults, students want a significant reason to turn off the alarm clock in the morning, get out of bed, go to work or school, and learn. They crave purpose to their lives like everyone else. And they want relevance--they want to know that what they are studying, practicing, researching, and remembering can be put to use. Service learning can make a difference. Applying prior and acquired knowledge and skills through service learning creates an explicit and deliberate arena for students to experience the relationship between what is "strictly academic" and what is often perceived as "real life." This article explains how service learning that is firmly embedded in the curriculum can connect learning to life, discusses the foundations of service learning, and cites examples that reflect several standards that are consistent with K-12 Service Learning Standards for Quality Practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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