Service learning and efficacy for social engagement

The diversity of student backgrounds and the increasing number of students from low socio-economic areas requires teachers to have an understanding of students' worlds and to be committed to social justice in the school's structures and curriculum as well as in the life of the wider community. Therefore, community service learning in teacher education is becoming increasingly important. Yet social engagement with marginalized people, such as that experienced during community service learning, can be confronting as it is usually outside a person's previous life experiences.

This symposium examines the role of community service and service learning within teacher education nationally and internationally. The key focus areas are:

• Community Engagement, Teacher Education and Service Learning - National and International perspectives
• Community Service Learning as Purposeful Workplace Learning - 3 Case Studies
• Student Teachers' Efficacy for Community Engagement