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New Horizons in Education, v57 n3 p8-19 Dec 2009

Background: Service-learning in the Service-Learning Asian Network (SLAN), is organized as part of the academic structure of member institutions, and includes both international and community (domestic) service-learning. SLAN began with the exchange of students between SLAN institutions and has progressed to multicultural service-learning exchange programs and collaborative research. Aim: The intent of this article is to illustrate the development of Asian service-learning by reviewing the progress that has been made in six SLAN service-learning programs, illustrating differences and shared characteristics. These include: consistency in programs, multicultural exchange, and collaborative research. Lessons learned and main outcomes of the research are presented. Argument: Among lessons learned are the importance of multicultural programs to promote greater acceptance and understanding of socio-cultural differences by students; the importance of student preparation before service, and community agency orientation to enhance the reciprocities of exchange between students, agency staff, and local people. Student outcomes include personal growth, enhanced social skills, intercultural learning, and increased academic abilities. Conclusions: Progress has been made in institutionalizing service-learning among SLAN institutions. However, community improvement and consistency in program connections, funding sources, and the need for further research are issues that need attention. (Contains 1 footnote.)

Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Foreign Countries, Student Exchange Programs, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Educational Development, College Programs, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Research, College Outcomes Assessment, Program Effectiveness, Service Learning, School Community Programs

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Autor: McCarthy, Florence E.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4672&id=EJ893700

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