Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 85–104 | Cite as

Learning to Neighbor? Service-learning in Context

  • Mary-Ellen BoyleEmail author


Service-learning has received a great deal of attention in the management education literature over the past decade, as a method by which students can acquire moral and civic values as well as gain academic knowledge and practice real-world skills. Scholars focus on student and community impact, curricular design, and rationale. However, the educational environment (“context”) in which service-learning occurs has been given less attention, although experienced educators know that the classroom is hardly a vacuum and that students learn a great deal from the non-curricular aspects of their educational experience. Moral values in particular are conveyed by what is not said. Given this, I argue that the contexts in which service-learning takes place are as important as the activity itself. Three perspectives on context will be described and assessed: the “hidden” curriculum, the educational atmosphere, and the university’s orientation towards social responsibility.


Hidden curriculum Moral and civic values Management education Service-learning University social responsibility 


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  1. 1.Graduate School of ManagementClark UniversityWorcesterUSA

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