Service-learning (S-L) is an educational modality that combines learning processes and community service in a single well-articulated project in which participants learn while working on real needs of the environment in order to improve it.
During the last twenty years, the use of service-learning as a pedagogical tool has had a spectacular development in the United States and other regions of the world. In Spain and the rest of Europe it is now beginning to spread throughout all educational levels, including Higher Education. This phenomenon requires formalizing a line of research that studies its results and impact on institutions, teachers, students and communities.
Studying and disseminating the use of S-L as a powerful experiential learning tool and contributing to the development of competences for social justice is especially appropriate at a time when universities are being urged to contribute to the promotion of a new social model and to incorporate teaching and learning techniques that integrate training for professional practice and for the exercise of active citizenship of its students and graduates.
GICE focuses on the following lines of work:
- S-L for Social Justice.
- S-L results in institutions, teachers, students and communities.
- Impact of teacher training on S-L.
- New lines of work in S-L.