LEARNING & TEACHING THROUGH YOUTH-LED INITIATIVE PROGRAMME IN CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

This paper posits the possibility of applying positive youth development framework in learning and teaching in Malaysia. The author examines various literature reviews on youth-led initiative programmes. A study of a youth-led initiative programme was conducted in Singapore and the impact of their service-learning experiences on their personal development was discussed. Positive outcomes in terms of civic engagement, competence skills, development of sense of self were implicated. The author concludes that it is important to make service-learning an explicit training and educational goal in order for educators to facilitate the building of capacities in youth. As such youths can appreciate the value that service-learning can bring in character development and in shaping early commitment to civic involvement.

Keywords : Positive Youth Development, Service-Learning Experience, Character Development

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