Journal of Cooperative Education
Recently, much attention has been focused on two federal initiatives that encourage students to explore learning opportunities outside the classroom. The National and Community Service Trust Act and the School to Work Opportunities Act provide states with assistance to develop and implement school programs in which elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students are engaged in learning experiences that are hands-on, meaningful, and connected to the real world. Although the acts differ on their intended educational purposes, both are based on similar educational philosophies, principles, and pedagogies. These fundamental similarities suggest that the two reforms can work synergistically to establish powerful and exciting school programs. This paper describes the tenets of each reform act, lists the ways the two acts are complementary, and provides examples of how school sites and districts have found ways to connect the two reforms in effective and creative ways.
Furco, Andrew, "Service-Learning and School-to-Work: Making the Connections" (1996). Service Learning, General. 152.