This Educator’s Guide to Service Learning looks at one of the most-often misunderstood academic and professional pursuits within schools. Br Damien Price explores the potentially transforming power of Service Learning which occurs when it is closely linked to the culture and curriculum of the school community.
Inside this guide, you will find a model of Service Learning with an invitation to reflect on the learning and psychological processes at play, and meaning-making linked to the experiences students will have. There is also a range of best practice techniques for student reflection and engagement, including a series of critical analysis questions that will assist in understanding the experience. The Educator’s Guide to Service Learning is a must-read for any educational practitioner considering engaging their school community in Service Learning.
Damien Price is an Edmund Rice Christian Brother of the Oceania Province. Damien has worked in Catholic Schools for over forty years.
For the last twenty years Damien has travelled widely throughout Australia and New Zealand conducting professional development and retreat days for the staff of Catholic schools. Damien has also worked extensively with Lutheran Education. Damien’s professional development work has focussed primarily on the psychological processes at play, and the skills required, in conducting the school retreat, as well as on similar processes related to Service Learning.
On many occasions Damien has been invited by schools to break open a spirituality for the staff of a school that can impact their day-to-day praxis. Damien’s Doctor of Philosophy degree explored the meaning-making students engaged in while working with homeless people over an extended period of time.
Damien lives in a Brothers’ community in Brisbane, Australia.