Civic virtue construction in social transformation : the practice of service learning in SYSU

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CONFERENCE: Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning 亞太地區服務研習會議

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ZHU, Jiangang, HONG, Quan
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The imbalance state between development of market economy system and series of negative social events reflected a lack of civic mindedness today. Civic morality construction should play a significant role in this social transformation period. Specifically, civic education should develop students in three dimensions, right-responsibility awareness, tolerance, and spirit of volunteer. As an essential part of civic education, service-learning is to combine academic knowledge with social service, furthermore to achieve these objectives. Although, service-learning is adopted widely and developed a series of mature theories in the West, especially in America, the spread of service-learning in China is still in its initial stage. This paper summed up the practical experience in Sun Yat-sen University where service-learning method was introduced in both undergraduate and graduate courses. We found there existed difficulties in local practical aspects of service-learning, but still brought positive and promising effect on improvement of civic morality.

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