Building Bridges: Connecting Classroom and Community through Service-Learning in Social Studies. NCSS Bulletin 97.Report as inadecuate

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This bulletin focuses on the method that teacher/authors use to connect curriculum with community: service-learning. The bulletin's introduction notes that, although service-learning projects can occur within any subject area, they have a particular suitability for the social studies, given the discipline's focus on the skills, values, and knowledge inherent in democratic participation. This bulletin features many examples of what service-learning can look like in the social studies curriculum. Chapters in the bulletin are: (1) Community Service-Learning in the Social Studies (Rahima C. Wade); (2) Service-Learning Projects for Elementary Social Studies: Book Drive for Navajo Students (Kate Foley); AIDS Awareness (Robyn Parks); B.I.G.--Bridging Intergenerational Gaps (Helen Bergey); and Marine Environmental Activism (Gerri Faivre); (3) Service Learning Projects for Middle Schools: Poverty and Homelessness: The Open Shelter Project (L. Richard Bradley; Kim Rhodes); Action, Advocacy, and AIDS (Michele Cerino); The Hunger Project (Diane Vliem); and Community Planning: Playground Redesign (Deb Bradley); (4) Service Learning Projects at the High School Level: Public Policy for the Homeless (Dick Diamond); Marion Community History (Marc Ferguson); Social Advocacy: History, Theory, and Practice (Barbara L. Wysocki); and Government Service-Learning (Michaelean Monahan; Kathy Quesenberry Fout); (5) Service-Learning in Social Studies Teacher Education (Joan Rose); and (6) Challenges to Effective Practice (Rahima C. Wade). Appended are several resources for social studies educators and a position statement by National Council for the Social Studies on service learning. (BT)

Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Community Services, Elementary Secondary Education, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, Social Studies, Student Participation, Student Projects, Teacher Education

National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016; Tel: 202-966-7840; Fax: 202-966-2061; Web site:

Author: Wade, Rahima C., Ed.


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