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How self-directed learning impacts volunteering

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One neat perk of self-directed learning is that students discover who they are and where they “fit in.” Knowing their niche can help them give back to others because they are self-aware of their strengths, weaknesses, and interests. For example, one professor and researcher noted three types of citizens:

  1. Personally responsible citizens who like to help people they know, such as donating blood.
  2. Participatory citizens are involved in community projects, like beautifying the streets.
  3. Justice-oriented citizens help invent solutions to the problems in society, such as how to house and provide necessities for incoming refugees.

With this knowledge, our school can help students find their passion, get involved early, and change the world!


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