SERVICE-LEARNING – A METHOD OF CONNECTING LEARNING WITH SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT
Service-learning (S-L) originates from American civic education, ie education for democratic action and active citizenship (Civic Education), and is based on the idea that students through social learning and civic engagement acquire a democratic way of thinking and acting. Socially useful learning as a method of learning and teaching in the United States is often practiced in both schools and universities. It is based on combining theoretical teaching content with practical work for the common good. In service-learning projects, pupils / students deal with the needs of their city, their city district or society as a whole and thus contribute to the common good. Projects can be implemented in the social, cultural and political areas as well as in the field of nature and environmental protection.
Topics of service-learning in the field of nature and environmental protection – environmental education and sustainable development.
The field of nature and environmental protection provides various opportunities for the implementation of service- learning projects. In accordance with the motto “Think globally – act locally”, various problems and challenges can be identified at the regional level as a starting point for student engagement. It is believed that young people are particularly interested in better shaping of their future and the future of future generations and that they are the driving force of educational processes. Precisely because of the above, education for sustainable development is a very appropriate topic for service-learning and the reason why the Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce participates in service- learning programs at the University of Split.
There are three important principles in the implementation of S-L programs: the relationship between S-L and the real needs of project partners (reality), the relationship between university and extracurricular partner based on mutual support (reciprocity) and the relationship between theory and practice, ie student knowledge and action (reflection).
You can see more about the mentioned programs on the page Service – learning and the Office for service – learning for the environment and sustainable development in Split.