Service Learning as Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education

Theory, Research, and Practice

  • Kelly L. Heider

Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Regena Fails Nelson, Evelyn Winfield-Thomas, Moi Mooi Lew
    Pages 47-57
  3. Gina M. Doepker
    Pages 127-149
  4. DeAnna M. Laverick, Kelli R. Paquette
    Pages 151-168
  5. Tina J. Cartwright, Suzanne L. Smith
    Pages 179-191
  6. Francheska D. Starks, Lindsay Wyczalkowski, Stacie Walker, Vera L. Stenhouse
    Pages 213-231
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-236

About this book


This book presents the most recent theory, research, and practice on service learning as it relates to early childhood education. It describes several service learning programs, many of which were developed to better prepare pre-service teachers for the challenges they face in today’s early childhood classrooms, including class size, ever-changing technology, diversity, high-stakes testing, parental involvement (or the lack thereof), and shrinking budgets. The book shares stories of positive outcomes from pre-service teachers who, having participated in service-learning programs, report a shift in their attitudes and beliefs including an increased empathy for others, a heightened sensitivity to student differences, more democratic values, and a greater commitment to teaching. In addition, the book examines the effects of service learning and positive outcomes for children and teacher educators as well.

Schools today face an increasing number of language learners, the mainstreaming of special population students, and working with a standards-driven curriculum. All of these present new challenges for teachers as they attempt to meet their students’ educational needs. As a result of this new classroom environment, and the educational needs they present, teacher educators must now seek different approaches to prepare prospective teachers to meet these needs because the traditional approaches to teacher preparation, such as coursework independent of fieldwork, are no longer effective in equipping teachers to address these issues. This book examines in detail the new approach of service learning.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kelly L. Heider
    • 1
  1. 1.Indiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-42428-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-42430-9
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