Author: Susana Lucas Mangas. Professor of University, Department of Psychology, Area of Social Psychology (Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Valladolid, UVa).
The University is a privileged environment to train responsible and committed citizenship to its environment through projects that build solid bridges with the community. One of the projects that seek to respond to this purpose is service-learning, which is not only a methodology, a teaching-learning technique or a pedagogical approach, but also an innovative teaching strategy of psychosocial intervention with a community approach, which understands educational quality embedded in social responsibility and that responds to the purpose of education.
The contents are organized in the following reference: conceptual bases of service-learning, its meaning and sense, from the frames of reference at the international level and in higher education (what principles and components are essential, what is not or is different from other solidarity and community development practices, who participate in its development, modalities or types, origin, expansion and educational and community impact); model of intervention of social responsibility, following the sustainable human-community approach, of cooperative dialogue between university-society and vertebrate around the Sustainable Development Goals; phases that must be taken as reference axes for the development of a project of these characteristics, illustrating with techniques, participatory dynamics and other support resources; Finally, examples of nine of the projects developed at the University of Valladolid from various areas of knowledge, as well as at Burgos, León and Salamanca Universities.
As a complement, synergies and symbolic alliances are established between the illustrations and the content of each text to value, from service-learning, to the interdependence between human, social and environmental development.
It is, in short, to undertake learning and service processes together with the community (closer or more geographically distant, with a local or more global prism, even planetary), in a cooperative dialogue project in which those who participate are formed by getting involved in the needs and challenges of the environment, in order to contribute to sustainable human-community development, to promote their quality of life.
Available in Spanish language only.