Students’ deep learning refers to their learning beyond the mastery of existing content knowledge. Students can also create and use the new knowledge in their real world and their real life experiences. While combining community-based learning in service learning project is widely accepted as an effective pedagogy to facilitate students’ deep learning, the design of learning activities specifically to global issues for primary and secondary students is not fully developed.
This plenary presentation is intended to discuss the possibilities in designing community-based learning activities to learn global issues that could contribute to meaningful service learning projects. Approaches of inquiry based and advocacy based service learning will be briefly reviewed. The interrelatedness of these approaches to the students’ deep learning to global issues will be elaborated. An example of a community-based learning with the learning theme of “bicycle-friendly city” will be used to illustrate how these concepts could be blended in practices, in particular in designing meaningful service learning project for primary and secondary students.