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Publication - Ms Leanne Cameron

    Attitudes, Behaviors, and the Longitudinal Impact of Social Justice Service-Learning for Language Learners

    Citation

    Cameron, LM, 2015, ‘Attitudes, Behaviors, and the Longitudinal Impact of Social Justice Service-Learning for Language Learners’. in: James Perren, Adrian Wurr (eds) Learning the Language of Global Citizenship: Strengthening Service-Learning in TESOL. Common Ground, Champaign, Illinois, USA, pp. 56-79

    Abstract

    In recent years, service-learning (SL) has enjoyed a surge of popularity in language-learning classrooms, with a growing body of research focused on its use for developing social justice awareness in international English learners, in addition to providing opportunities for meaningful language use. This study explores the long-term impact of social justice SL for language learners to determine if a specific justice focus will result in long-term involvement or advocacy for disenfranchised and underserved populations. Through interviews with participants in a program enacted at a refugee resettlement center three years before time of writing, a cycle for actualizing social justice emerges to show participants’ shift, post-service, from awareness to critical consciousness and on to continued action, with individual differences as a factor in determining current attitudes and behaviors. It is then proposed that SL for language learners, implemented with education for social justice, can result in long-term impacts that prolong social justice engagement.

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