n Education as Change - Coupling 'school experience' with community service : a case study

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1682-3206
  • E-ISSN: 1947-9417
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This case study examines the benefits and challenges of combining service learning with 'school experience' in pre-service teacher education. Lave and Wenger's theory of situated learning is used to illuminate the nature and process of learning through such coupling. Interviews with students and staff involved in a service learning project, and scrutiny of evaluation forms and students' portfolio assignments were the main tools used to gather data for the study. The case study indicates that combining community service with 'school experience' provides rich and appropriate sources of experiential learning for pre-service teachers.

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