Learning-Service (ApS) – call for paper

Provisional title: Educate in social commitment. The Learning-Service projects in higher education.

Coordinator: Arantzazu Martínez-Odría (PhD), Universidad San Jorge, Spain (amartinez@usj.es)

In the context of competence development promoted by the EHEA, university education can no longer focus solely on the development of academic competences, and is required to prepare citizens who, technically trained, are willing to apply their knowledge to improve the environment in which they live and practice professionally. Considering the education process as a time in which to offer students opportunities for practical involvement in responding to the needs of the environment requires incorporating active methodologies that contribute to transforming the teaching-learning process and link it with the social environment.

The Learning-Service (ApS) is an educational proposal that combines learning processes and service to the community in specific projects. It is showcased as a tool for educational innovation that contributes to the development of transversal and specific competences of university students. It also complements the specific academic training offered from university degrees and making it more relevant to serve the needs of the community.

Nowadays, there are more and more universities that promote the development of ApS projects in their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as the number of research groups in the last decade that have carried out research on the impacts of the involvement of students in service activities

In 2015, the Sustainability Committee of the Conference of Vice Chancellors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) proposed the institutionalisation of the ApS in the Spanish universities to contribute to the development of a more just society and improve the academic and social learning that encourages the development of student competences. The Spanish University Learning-Service Network, together with the Spanish Learning-Service Network, the Spanish Network of Educating Cities and the groups promoting ApS in the different Autonomous Communities, has favoured that this educational philosophy is being considered as a valid tool to train university students in real-life social commitment.

In this collective work of the Koiné collection, authors are expected to contribute articles in which scientific studies related to the implementation of ApS projects in different areas of knowledge or institutional level are presented with scientific rigor, showing the impact that the projects have on the results of learning and service planned for the projects. National and international practical experience developed in different areas of knowledge can be compiled as well as proposals that standardise the process of incorporation of ApS projects into the curriculum of degrees, among others.

Date of receipt of original texts: until June 25th, 2018.

The extension of the article: 7.000 and a maximum of 10.000 words.

The indications of style: http://coleccionkoine.es/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/99-Normas-de-estilo-EUSJ_2018.pdf

Documents in Word format: coleccionkoine@usj.es