Service-Learning: Historical Roots, Present Forms, and Educational Potential for Training Health Educators Academic Article uri icon


  • Service-learning is a relatively new pedagogical technique with tremendous potential to improve both instruction in health education and health in a community. Several often-used definitions and descriptions of service-learning, however, greatly underrepresent the usefulness of this method for health educators. This article is intended as an introduction to service-learning for those who teach health or the methods of health promotion. It shows that there are two major types of service-learning and that one is especially appropriate for training health educators. It also gives examples of how the method may be used for a wide variety of academic objectives often pursued in training health educators. 2000 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • American Journal of Health Education

author list (cited authors)

  • Tai-Seale, T.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Tai-Seale, Thomas

publication date

  • January 2000