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Service learning provides an authentic outlet for learners to apply knowledge and skills. More specifically, Joseph A. Erickson and Jeffrey B. Anderson defined service learning as a way to combine community service with academic expectations (1997). Anderson later referred to service learning as both an educational philosophy and instructional method (1998). Service learning offers a wide variety of potential activities. Volunteer and community service are at one end of the spectrum while internships and field-based activities are at the other. Thus, forming a partnership between the teacher education program and a service participant is a cornerstone to implementing service learning. Do not get discouraged when setbacks arise. Focus on your goals for service-learning partnerships. Take time to identify and celebrate small victories as the process moves forward. To maintain stakeholders' commitment to the partnership and help them realize their contributions have a positive effect, remind them of the progress being made. Ultimately, enjoy the experience as you see it emerge over time.

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Knowledge Quest


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