International Service-Learning: Integrating Academics and Active Learning in the World

Sternberger, Lee G.; Ford, Karen A.; Hale, Daniel C.
August 2005
Journal of Public Affairs;2005, Vol. 8, p75
Academic Journal
From initial efforts in the 1960's, service-learning in general and international service-learning in particular have assumed an increasingly prominent place in higher education. Both students and educators have recognized that such programs offer an unparalleled opportunity to integrate classroom theory with real world application and promote powerful learning and personal transformation, while responding to pressing needs within the larger global community. This essay examines the process by which international service-learning evolved from a domestic focus; describes the philosophy, learning outcomes, and components of successful international service learning programs; presents a number of model approaches and programs; and highlights current scholarship regarding the impact of international service-learning as well as potential directions for future research.


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