Service Learning Outside the US: Initial Experiences in Singapore’s Higher Education

Tan, Kenneth Paul


Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
42 3 549-557 DOI: 10.1017/S104909650909088X


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English Other


Service learning in higher education is an American creature. But outside the U.S., practices that resemble American service learning or that have begun self-consciously to describe themselves as “service learning” may also be found. This article gives an account of a proto-service-learning course on civil society in Singapore and discusses some similarities and differences between the U.S. and Singapore contexts in which the practices of service learning have evolved, identifying how this civil society course in particular was both a product of as well as a challenge to Singapore’s somewhat different priorities in. higher education, political culture, and attitudes to social justice and cultural diversity.


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