Youth using research: learning through social practice, community building, and social change

New Dir Youth Dev. Summer 2005;(106):39-48, 4-5. doi: 10.1002/yd.117.


Traditional teaching runs directly counter to the natural learning process, which is a dynamic, socially conscious process whereby students learn by doing. This educational philosophy and practice is also predicated on serving the community. In the course of helping to build one's community, essential academic and personal skills are developed. This chapter provides examples of a high school program in Boston that uses community action project-based learning as a tool to create a better community. Through this process, students learn about finding and using their power to make change happen for them and their communities.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Adolescent Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Boston
  • Community Health Planning / organization & administration*
  • Community Networks*
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Learning
  • School Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Social Change
  • Social Support*
  • Students
  • United States