Service-Learning: Learning by Doing for Others

  • Christine I. Celio
  • Joseph A. Durlak
Part of the Issues in Children’s and Families’ Lives book series (IICL, volume 10)

Did you ever do volunteer work when you were growing up? Did you organize a food drive, serve food at a shelter, or clean up a trail? If so, you are not alone. Many young people do community service of one sort or another, volunteering their time and effort for many worthwhile causes. In 1999, 64% of all public schools had students participating in community service activities, and 32% of all public schools had connected these service experiences to the academic curriculum in some fashion (National Center for Education Statistics, 2006). More recently, Kielsmeier (2004) found that approximately 56,000 public K–12 schools in the United States offer some sort of service opportunities, and roughly 23,000 public schools have formal service-learning projects or programs in place. These numbers illustrate that many school children do community service and that, in many cases, this community service has become a formal part of students’ learning.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA

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