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An International Perspective on Service-Learning


by Donald J. Eberly 1997

In this chapter, "National Service" refers to programs of full-time service by young people, "service-learning" to the integration of community service with educational growth, and "national youth service" to the whole field embraced by National Service and service-learning. The expression "service-learning" is little used overseas. As a generic descriptor, "study service" is more apt to be employed. More common still is the name of the program itself, such as Germany's Zivildienst (Civilian Service) and Costa Rica's Trabajo Comunal Universitario (University Community Service).


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 96, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 5, 1997, p. 19-31
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18760, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 10:51:08 AM

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  • Donald Eberly
    National Service Secretariat
    DONALD J. EBERLY founded the National Service Secretariat in 1966. The Secretariat is now located in Minneapolis. Now retired from the Secretariat and living in New Zealand, he continues his study of national youth service programs in various countries.
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