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Humans are living in a complex, interdependent, global society. Violence by youth is at an all-time high, the school system is failing to educate students (especially in urban areas), and all of this is compounded by major economic and social forces that are significantly altering the fabric of our lives. According to Keith (1994) these forces include: “… the impact of technology and the globalization of the economy on social relations and the structure of work (Broyn. 1991; Mingrone, 1983; Offee & Heinz. 1992; Wilson. 1987); the depletion of non-renewable resources and the ecological crisis; the mounting pace of population movements across national boundaries. especially from the 'poorer' to the 'richer' countries (Schaefer. 1990); differential rates of population growth favoring so-called people of color (Pallas, et. al., 1989); the economic and political shifts attendant to post-cold war transformations; and the visible social tensions accompanying all of these, which find expression in part, in a growing intolerance of diversity and violence towards those defined as 'Others' "(313). With all this chaos. how do we develop socially responsible citizens for the future? The current research in community service-learning might provide some answers.


Copyright 1999 Judith Angela Biggs Garbuio

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