Service <-> Justice Forms of Altruistic Purpose and the Potential Relationships to Problem-Based Learning in the Community

Brandy Quinn

Within the broad category of altruistic forms of purpose, purpose may be classified along a service <-> justice continuum. Drawing from literature on purpose, youth contribution, implicit theories, types of morality and citizenship, and problem and/or community based learning; this discussion will hypothesize a model of relationships between these areas of interest. At the heart of this discussion will be the question of how problem-based learning, situated in authentic community needs, might foster forms of altruistic purpose that fall somewhere on the service <-> justice spectrum.

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