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Getting to the heart of service learning OECD

2012/04/15

“I mean, how did any of us ever learn to read or write before the invention of the Smart Board?”

OECD Insights Blog

In the second of two postings, regular Insights blogger Brian Keeley looks at the benefits and challenges of service learning.

If you follow education, you’ll know that somebody somewhere is always banging on about The Next Big Thing. It’s easy to become sceptical – I mean, how did any of us ever learn to read or write before the invention of the Smart Board?

That’s why I was a little worried when, in a previous posting, I noted that service learning – which combines academic learning with volunteering – is  “one of the fastest growing educational initiatives”. Might it be just another new fad? Probably not. For one thing, service learning isn’t really all that new – the idea’s been around since at least the early 20th century. And even though the last few years have seen a big upsurge of interest in it, that enthusiasm…

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