Teacher education, community service learning and student efficacy for community engagement

Butcher, Jude, Howard, Peter, Labone, Elizabeth, Bailey, Michael, Groundwater Smith, Susan, McFadden, Mark, McMeniman, Marilyn, Malone, Karen, and Martinez, Kay (2003) Teacher education, community service learning and student efficacy for community engagement. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 31 (2). pp. 109-124.

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The diversity of student backgrounds and the increasing number of school students from low socio-economic areas requires teachers to have an understanding of students' worlds and to be committed to social justice both within school structures and curriculum as well as in the life of the wider community. In this context, community service learning for teacher education students is becoming increasingly important. Social engagement with marginalised people, however, such as that experienced during community service learning, can be confronting for students as it is usually outside their previous life experience. This article examines the role of community service learning within teacher education nationally and internationally. First, the article focuses on national and international perspectives regarding community engagement, teacher education and service learning. Next, the article describes three Australian case studies of community service learning as purposeful workplace learning. Finally, the article reports findings relating to student teachers' efficacy for community engagement from one of these case study sites. The article proposes that the role of community service learning must be at the centre of debates about how teacher education should be reformed. Further, the article argues that community engagement of staff and students is also an expression of the corporate citizenship of the university.

Item ID: 5827
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-2945
Keywords: community service learning; teacher education
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2009 00:47
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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