National Chinese Rural Education Conference

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Over the past a few months, RCEF continues to be busy promoting services learning teaching methodology amongst teachers and NGOs that hard with rural children. Service learning is an educational approach that cultivates civic responsibility through integrating academic learning and personal growth with meaningful service to the community. In a usual service-learning project, students identify problems that they are concerned about in their community, investigation the problems and potential solutions, create as well as implement a plan regarding addressing the issue, and reflect on their learning as well as action throughout the process.

A new RCEF handbook upon service learning presents this teaching methodology in more detail along with functional examples of exactly how RCEF teachers have used it in rural China. Over 200 copies were distributed to individuals at a national meeting on rural education in December 2011 in Guangzhou, China, co-sponsored through RCEF. A RCEF teacher with more than 15 years encounter teaching in village educational facilities in northern China gave a well-received presentation concerning the service learning tasks she and RCEF created with classes associated with fourth- and fifth-grade children in rural Shanxi State. Her story has been so moving that a reporter from the national education journal profiled her these types of teaching methods for a cover function story in their Feb 2012 version!

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