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Service learning, a method of learning and teaching, has the potential to move our educational system into the 21st century by providing a vehicle for integrating the needs of schools and communities while reflecting current reform agendas and providing meaningful learning experiences for students. In order for service learning to play a role in the transformation of our schools, however, educators must become successful at linking service to learning- making connections between service experiences and academic learning explicit. This paper explores the meaning of learning in service learning by explicating: a) how service learning links to current standards based reform agendas and; b) how the academic learning associated with service learning can be assessed by teachers, professors, and community agency personnel.


Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, April, 1998, San Diego, CA.