Pre-service teachers learning in the community: Lessons for educators

Lauren JohnsonDr Lauren Johnson

Lecturer in Education; Bachelor of Educational Studies Course Coordinator, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

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Pre-service teachers learning in the community: Lessons for educators

Schools and universities are increasingly using community service-learning as a way to promote community engagement, civic responsibility and social cohesion for their students. 

Lauren describes how a teacher education course is using a community service-learning component for more than simply the commonly-accepted personal and professional reasons.  She argues that community service-learning, and similar community engagement projects at a school level, could be understood as a highly political act with widespread benefits for all involved. 

Lauren uses a number of examples to motivate others – especially educators – to showcase the importance of what they do and further encourage service-learning.

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