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ERIC Number: EJ908719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1746-1979
Comparing the Differences and Commonalities between Service-Learning in the USA and Social Practice in China
Xu, Ruifang
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v5 n3 p235-247 Nov 2010
Service-learning as a popular term refers to an educational model that combines academic study with social activism and civic service. However, some countries, such as China, use different terms. This article explores the differences and commonalities between service-learning in the USA and social practice in China in the following areas: definitions and objectives, history of development, public support, status in education, effects, forms, national contexts and similar problems. The comparison gives a different perspective to the understanding service-learning/social practice for both the USA and China. Despite the big differences in educational and political systems, service-learning and social practice appear to have lots of similarities. The comparison also tries to show how the educational or service model for youth can be affected by societal factors. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; United States