European service-learning experiences in higher education and the Freirean concept of seminar


  • Alvaro Ribeiro European Observatory of Service-Learning in Higher Education (EOSLHE)
  • Pilar Aramburuzabala Higuera Autonomous University of Madrid
  • Berta Paz-Lourido University of the Balearic Islands



Service-Learning; Paulo Freire; Higher Education; Seminar; European Observatory of Service-Learning in Higher Education (EOSLHE)


Service-learning is growing gradually in European higher education. It aims to instil a sense of civic engagement and responsibility in students and work towards positive social change within society while developing curricular competencies. For some advocates, Paulo Freire’s workings would serve as a theoretical anchor for service-learning since he imagined education as fostering a critical and active citizenry. This paper addresses the influence his writings have had on European practitioners. Qualitative data collected by the EOSLHE has been analysed and a content analysis was made of the descriptive summaries of 144 experiences. The Freirean notion of seminar applied to service-learning systematises popular wisdom and contributes to a new sense of evolving the social identities of the students toward a fairer society.


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2022-12-30 — Atualizado em 2023-09-07

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Ribeiro, A., Aramburuzabala, P., & Paz-Lourido, B. (2023). European service-learning experiences in higher education and the Freirean concept of seminar. Saber E Educar, 31(2).