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Service-Learning in Higher Education: Teaching about Poverty and Mental Health


ISBN: 978-1-78714-185-8, eISBN: 978-1-78714-184-1

Publication date: 15 November 2017


Within tertiary education, service-learning can offer deeply engaging and transformational experiences for students, broadening their consideration of a host of social justice issues of our time, including diversity and inclusion. This chapter describes how service-learning interfaces with two areas in particular, both of which have wide-ranging public health implications and are generally misrepresented in public media: poverty and mental health. Representative studies are highlighted and case examples are presented in each domain, concluding with recommendations for future research. The authors argue that service-learning courses addressing social justice issues such as poverty and mental health can lead to deep learning in students if they are sequenced to include both direct service-learning that concretizes the issue and community-based research that highlights the public policy challenges and implications of addressing that issue systemically.



Mick, C.S. and Frabutt, J.M. (2017), "Service-Learning in Higher Education: Teaching about Poverty and Mental Health", Service-Learning (International Perspectives on Inclusive Education, Vol. 12), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 215-240.



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