1st Edition

Service-Learning Theory and Practice

By Iqbal Ahmad, Rani Gul Copyright 2024
    178 Pages
    by Routledge India

    This book examines key concepts, principles, and applications of the service-learning approach. Service-learning is a community-based educational approach to improve a student’s academic, personal, leadership, civic, and professional development through civic engagement. Unlike other traditional approaches to education, service-learning students can use their classroom-based knowledge and skills in a real-life context in collaboration with community organisations and residents.

    This volume explores the theory, research, and practices of how service-learning is understood, implemented, and evaluated in different contexts. It provides essential guidelines to implement and integrate service-learning at educational institutions through extensive discussions on the principles, philosophical challenges, opportunities, and its applications. Key themes include:

    • Theory of service-learning

    • Concept of service-learning

    • Challenges to service-learning 

    • Applications of service-learning

    • Service-learning as professional development

    • Service-learning as communication

    Accessibly written, this book would be of interest to faculty, students, community organisations, and researchers working in the areas of education, pedagogy, sociology, and social work.

    1. Conceptualising Service-Learning 2. Service-Learning as Pedagogy 3. Service-Learning and Diversity Attitude 4. Service-Learning and Reflection 5. Assessment in Service-Learning 6. Service-Learning and Active Citizenship 7. Service-Learning and Technology 8. Service-Learning as Transformative Pedagogy 9. Service-Learning as Civic Pedagogy 10. Service-Learning Theories 11. Service-Learning Models 12. Service-Learning and Vocational Education 13. Factors Influencing Service-Learning Implementation 14. Conclusions and Suggestions


    Iqbal Ahmad is Assistant Professor as well as Head of the Department of Education, University of Malakand, Pakistan. He has a PhD in educational management and administration from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and an MEd in educational leadership from Australian Catholic University. His research works have been published in many national and international reputed journals. He teaches educational management, research, and pedagogical courses to graduate and postgraduate students. 

    Rani Gul is Assistant Professor at the Department of Education, University of Malakand, Pakistan. She has been in the field of teaching for the last 13 years. She has served at different academic and administrative positions and has vast teaching-learning experience at both national and international levels. Her research spans a wide range of issues covering different domains of educational psychology, linguistics, curriculum, pedagogy, teacher education, science education, and so forth. She has been engaged in teaching and supervision activities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at both private and public sector universities.