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At its best, service learning involves students making meaningful connections to their own community and feeling empowered by the experience. Unfortunately, in the elementary years, student service-learning is often a one-shot effort1 in which adults make decisions for children,2 preventing them from truly having a hand in the project's direction and purpose. Knowing this, we wondered, what kind of thinking would be promoted by a sustained (lasting more than a few hours) and co-constructed (by adults and children) service-learning project?
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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  • The goal of Social Studies and the Young Learner is to capture and enthuse elementary teachers across the country by providing relevant and useful information about the teaching of social studies to elementary students.The teaching techniques presented are designed to stimulate the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills vital to classroom success. SSYL is published quarterly: September/October; November/December; January/February; and March/April.
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