SHS Web Conf.
Volume 59, 2018The 6th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning (APRCSL 2017)
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|Published online||10 December 2018|
Service-learning: New Dimensions to Usual Practice
Centre for Educational Research, Western Sydney University, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith NSW, 2751, Australia
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“Educating the heart” has long been a theme in service-learning indicating the importance of developing awareness, understanding and respect for people unlike oneself. Particularly at the tertiary level, however, changing conditions and pressures on universities and colleges to produce “employment ready” students, manage with reduced funding and adjust to changing academic priorities can pose real challenges to service-learning programs. This article explores situations which may deflect the ability of service-learning programs to fully develop aspects of educating the heart. Additionally, the article suggests alternatives that can promote reinvigorated service-learning programs featuring intercultural understanding, strong multi-cultural ties and viable social relationships among students and with social organizations, community groups, and local people.
Key words: Changing practice / Educating the heart / Employment-readiness / Intercultural / Service-learning
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2018
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