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ERIC Number: EJ918885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Connecting Curriculum with Community
Gonsalves, Susan
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n6 p56-59 Feb 2011
Identifying a community problem or need and helping to solve it via student-led initiatives is at the heart of service learning. Elson Nash, associate director for program management at Learn and Serve America, a grant program of the Corporation for National and Community Service and USA Freedom Corps, calls service learning "the glue that makes things stick," noting that when students feel engaged and empowered, they learn more effectively and connect with real-world issues. Projects can tackle social issues with global impact or fill in a smaller local need using creativity and ingenuity. Funding from Learn and Serve America makes it possible for more than 1.5 million students from kindergarten through college to devote nearly 20 million hours in service learning projects annually in local programs across the country. Additionally, about one-quarter of the nation's elementary and secondary schools have adopted service learning programs, with 40% of these making service learning an integral part of their curriculum. Research linking higher academic achievement with service learning projects is limited but growing. Studies by Shelley Billig, vice president of RMC Research Corporation, links higher state test scores with service learning participation. Students in high-quality service learning classrooms also were found to have higher average daily attendance and less tardiness than students from comparison classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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