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ERIC Number: EJ912182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Service Learning with "Third-Culture Kids": Preparing an Iftar in Egypt
Hubbard, Janie
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v23 n2 p18-20 Nov-Dec 2010
Many international schools embrace social studies education, and service learning embedded within the social studies curriculum is often the norm rather than the exception. Helping students help others in any setting is powerful. In a richly diverse venue there are added benefits. The "third-culture kids" attending international schools possess culturally varied backgrounds. Service learning allows them to collaborate, share perspectives, discover similarities, and connect with the host community. In the process, students develop life skills such as commitment, cooperation, and tolerance. In this article, the author describes a service-learning project that connects children at an international school (who are themselves from diverse cultures) with the local community and culture--and with each other. The service learning described here is a fifth grade project and stems from the author's recent years of teaching at an international school in Egypt. This preK-12 school hosts an annual charity festival and has a history of community service that has led to a service-learning requirement in the curriculum. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Egypt