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Service-Learning at Secondary School: Pedagogy and Practice


About This Course

This course aims to introduce you to the concept and value of Service-Learning, and to equip you with the basic knowledge, attitudes and skills required for planning and implementing a Service-Learning project effectively. It consists of an Introduction, 6 instructional units, and an End-of-Course Test. You will be awarded a Certificate of Completion upon successfully completing all the requirements of the course.

Course Staff

Dr NGAI, Grace

Grace graduated from Brown University and Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Since starting her career at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, she has successfully pioneered a number of teaching initiatives, one of the most prominent being Service-Learning. She brings students on service projects in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Cambodia, and Rwanda.

She currently serves as the Head of the Service-Learning and Leadship Office. She was also the founding coordinator of the Sub-committee for Service-Learning Subjects, which oversees the approval and offering of all Service-Learning subjects, and the co-facilitator of the Community of Practice on Service-learning. Through numerous T&L projects, they have initiated workshops, seminars, and salons on topics in offering, assessing, and conducting scholarly work in Service-Learning.

From 6 subjects and 200 students in 2012, as of 2016, PolyU has over 50 regularly-offered subjects which cater to over 4,000 students every year. Her team was awarded the Hong Kong University Grants Committee Teaching Award in 2016.

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This course was developed as part of the The "Capacity Building Scheme for Secondary School Teachers: Promoting Meaningful Social Engagement for Young People through Service-Learning", funded by a generous donation from Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation and Keswick Foundation.

We would also like to thank the students, staff, and community partners who took part in the interviews and shared their experience and practical wisdom with us throughout the development of this course.