ERIC Number: EJ971472
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
How to Help Your Child Make a Difference in the World through Service-Learning
Terry, Alice W.
Parenting for High Potential, v1 n4 p4-7 Jan 2012
How can parents help their children develop the sensitivity and compassion of people like Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, Rachel Carson, and Martin Luther King, Jr.? Participation for gifted students in service-learning programs, both in and out of school, may be one helpful method. In the last two decades, there has been a resurgence of interest in community service, with many schools requiring service hours for graduation. Service-learning is an advanced form of community service, in which children learn and develop through actively participating in organized service experiences that address actual needs in their community and involve integration of learning objectives. Service-learning allows for gifted students to look beyond themselves, to care about something enough to make a difference in the world. It is important for gifted children to acquire skills needed to become more responsive and effective citizens and to help them become more confident and compassionate human beings. By having a "passion" for their "community," gifted children develop "compassion" themselves. This article discusses what parents can do.
Descriptors: Altruism, Academically Gifted, Service Learning, Gifted, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Child Development, Best Practices, Sensitivity Training, Guidelines
National Association for Gifted Children. 1331 H Street NW Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-785-4268; Fax: 202-785-4248; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.nagc.org/php.aspx
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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