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Service-Learning in Physical Education and Other Related Professions: A Global Perspective

Author(s): Marybeth P. Miller, PhD, Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania
James D. Nendel, PhD
  • ISBN-13: 9780763775063
  • Paperback    368 pages      © 2011
Price: $170.95 US List
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The study and application of service learning as a pedagogy has become widespread. Service-Learning in Physical Education and Other Related Professions: A Global Perspective demonstrates how faculty in physical education and other related professions have designed, implemented, assessed, and conducted action research involving service-learning as a teaching and learning method, both locally and globally, as a means of both serving the community and enriching the lives of their students. 

This text is broken down into three parts:

  • Part I provides a definition of service learning, examines the parameters that have been explored in physical education and higher education in general, and the integration of standards to ensure high-quality service-learning.
  • Part II focuses on the pedagogical frameworks in which service-learning thrives and explores how the model specifically meets national standards and best practices. It also explores the emerging role of research as a measurement tool of the effectiveness of service learning.
  • Part III explores a variety of programs from around the globe that utilize service-learning in their pedagogical framework, and provides the nuts and bolts of what they have done and their accomplishments.

Written by experts in the field with direct experience in designing and applying service-learning, this book provides not only a theoretical base for implementing service-learning into courses but also gives specific examples of successful projects that both students and educators will find insightful.

Features & Benefits

Addresses a global perspective of service-learning.

Presents specific national and international discipline-specific service-learning higher education program models.

All chapter authors and co-authors are specific to the discipline of physical education and its related professions and have applied service-learning in their teaching and/or research to bring the reader first-hand knowledge and experience.

Chapter 4 provides a standards-based framework and crosswalk of national physical education standards for K-12 physical education as well as physical education teacher education standards coupled  with the new research-based K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice (2008) by the National Youth Leadership Council.

Part III of the book provides a wide variety of specific national and international program models for the integration of service-learning and physical education and other related professions written in a framework that includes specific course and program objectives as they employ service-learning to achieve course goals.

Every chapter includes specific objectives, discussion questions, web-based ancillaries including PowerPoint presentations and supporting documents developed by chapter authors when implementing and assessing their programs.

Applicable Courses

This book is a valuable resource for: physical educators, sport management educators, recreation and outdoor activity specialists, coaches, and athletic and physical education administrators.

It is appropriate for courses in the following departments: 

  • Physical Education Teacher Education
  • Adapted Physical Education/Adapted Physical Activity
  • Sport Management
  • Exercise Science
  • Recreation
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Outdoor/Adventure Education
  • Sport Sciences
  • Sports Marketing
  • Kinesiology
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Sport Philosophy
  • Coaching
  About the Authors
Part I  Introduction to Service-Learning
  Chapter 1  The Need for Service-Learning in Schools and Communities
  Chapter 2  The Value and Commitment of Service-Learning in Physical Education and Physical Activity: Blending Social Responsibility
  Chapter 3  Theoretical Foundations of Service-Learning
  Chapter 4  Integrating Standards
  Chapter 5  Pondering Pedagogical Possibilities: Physical Education and the Activation of Critical Service-Learning
Part II  Perspectives and Practical Implications of Service-Learning
  Chapter 6  Service versus Service-Learning
  Chapter 7  Creating Service-Learning Partnerships in Schools and Communities
  Chapter 8  Conducting Reflection in Service-Learning
  Chapter 9  Addressing Diverse and Underserved Populations through Service-Learning
  Chapter 10  Perspectives from Service-Learning Recipients
  Chapter 11  A Sport Management Graduate Student's View of Service-Learning
  Chapter 12  Designing Curriculum Action Research in Service-Learning
Part III  Models of Integrating Service-Learning
  Chapter 13  Slippery Rock University
  Chapter 14  University of North Florida
  Chapter 15  Minnesota State University
  Chapter 16  Eastern Washington University
  Chapter 17  Texas Tech University
  Chapter 18  Rhode Island College
  Chapter 19  Central Michigan University
  Chapter 20  Whitworth University
  Chapter 21  University of Glouchestershire (UK)
  Chapter 22  University of Windsor (CA)
  Chapter 23  University of Melbourne (AU)
  Chapter 24  University of Canterbury (NZ)
  Appendix A  Service Learning Resources

Marybeth P. Miller, PhD-Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania

Marybeth Miller is a faculty member in the Department of Physical Education at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in the United States. She obtained a master’s degree in special education and a doctoral degree in motor development from the University of Pittsburgh.  Over eleven years, Marybeth taught adapted physical education at the elementary school level prior to pursuing a career in physical education teacher education.  Her teaching, scholarship and service embrace a service-learning framework centered upon inclusive early childhood physical education.

James D. Nendel, PhD

James Nendel is an independent researcher and founder of A Champion’s Heart-He Po`okela Pu`wai, a ministry promoting hope for kids through play and sport in impoverished regions of the world. He attended Whitworth University earning a BA in Youth ministry and an MA in Athletic Administration before going on to The Pennsylvania State University where he obtained his Ph.D in the history and philosophy of Sport. He has a broad background in coaching, teaching, and administration both in the United States and internationally. Besides his interest in designing and implementing service-learning projects in his coaching and teaching experiences he has written articles on Olympic sport, Hawaiian cultural values exhibited through the person of Duke Kahanamoku and American football in Great Britain.

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