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Service-learning is a pedagogy that connects voluntary community action, and efforts to learn from that action, with existing knowledge. Those who practice service-learning have goals for students that include the following: academic and moral or character development, civic education and citizenship development, and skill building in areas that range from the arts and humanities to science and technology. Whatever their goals for students, practitioners also share a common commitment to partnership with and service to community organizations and residents. Students’ learning and development must come through, and as a result of, their community engagement and not at its expense. Unheard of before the late 1960s, service-learning is now established and widely utilized in K–12 schools and colleges and universities worldwide. This entry traces the development ...

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