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Service Learning for Youth Empowerment and Social Change

Third printing


Jeff Claus and Curtis Ogden

This book presents informed current thinking on the topic of community service learning programs for youth, offering both veteran and new voices in the field. Combining theory and research with descriptions of innovative programs and specific recommendations for program design, the authors argue for an approach to service learning that engages youth not only in helping others but in critical reflection and the democratic pursuit of social reform. Topics covered range from the theory and practice of service learning to research and ideas about teacher preparation and educational reform. Contributors include the editors, Joan Schine, Joseph Kahne, Joel Westheimer, Jim Youniss, Miranda Yates, Carol Kinsely, Richard Lakes, Tricia Bowers-Young, Cynthia Parsons, Alice Halsted, Robert Maloy, and others.
Contents: Jeff Claus/Curtis Ogden: Service Learning for Youth Empowerment and Social Change: An Introduction – Joan Schine: Beyond Test Scores and Standards: Service, Understanding, and Citizenship – Joseph Kahne/Joel Westheimer: In the Service of What? The Politics of Service Learning – Miranda Yates/James Youniss: Promoting Identity Development: Ten Ideas for School-Based Service Learning Programs – Jeff Claus/Curtis Ogden: An Empowering, Transformative Approache to Service – Alice L. Halsted: Taking a Calculated Risk: Harnessing the Exuberance of Youth through «Community Problem Solvers» – Tricia Bowers-Young/Richard D. Lakes: Wath’s Love Got to Do With It? Teen Dancers on Community Service Learning – Joy DesMarais: Ripples of Empowerment: A Personal Reflection – Cynthia Parsons: Service Learning and the Making of Small «d» Democrats – Robert W. Maloy/Abbie Sheehan/Irene S. LaRoche/Richard J. Clark, Jr.: Building Legacies: School Improvement and Youth Activism in an Urban Teacher Education Partnership – Carol Kinsley: Empowering Teacher Education Students through Service Learning: A Case Study – Curtis Ogden: Going Beyond Service.