About the Project
Service-learning is a teaching strategy that offers students opportunities to learn both in the classroom and in the wider world.
What is service learning?
Service-learning is a teaching strategy that offers students opportunities to learn both in the classroom and in the wider world. This pedagogical tool provides students with chances to directly interact with local agencies and effect change in the community. Thus, service-learning holds the potential to broaden and significantly enhance the learning climate for students. Based on an established theoretical model of academic motivation, the present study examined the effectiveness of service-learning to enhance the learning climate across a variety of academic disciplines.
More than 600 students registered in service-learning courses from more than 30 different disciplines took part in a study in 2011. Results showed that when service-learning contributes to an enhancement of the positivity of the learning climate, then positive forms of motivation, civic skills, problem solving, and appreciation of diversity significantly increased over the course of the semester. Results also showed that type of involvement, amount of inclass discussion, and reflections are important factors contributing to the effectiveness of the service-learning environment.”
Service learning involves using non-formal learning methodologies such as experiential learning and role play, in the classroom and in NGOs in the community. Service Learning enables students to be introduced to the role of civil society and the essential components for it to function, such as volunteering and funding mechanisms as well as the engagement of the local community in identifying challenges and developing appropriate solutions. It also provides the space to reflect, with the support of trained professionals on its value and on its trends and future opportunities and threats, fostering knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and fundamental rights. There is also evidence of the effectiveness of service learning in schools.
The purpose of the project SLUSIK is to promote and support social inclusion by enhancing the acquisition of social and civic competences and fostering knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and fundamental rights in school leavers.
The project main target groups, and direct beneficiaries are
- School students (12-16 years old) from participating schools;
- Schools and school teachers;
- High Education Institutions (HEIs);
- Higher Education students (the role models)
- Policy makers;
- Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)/ Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the local community (grassroots organisations).
To enhance the acquisition of social and civic competences, fostering knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and fundamental rights among secondary school students/young people ages 12- 16 in order to contribute to their social inclusion at the local level and in society in general.