Exploring Inequality Through Service Learning in Higher Education: A Bibliometric Review Study
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Bibliometric review studyService-learningInequalityHigher educationSocial justice
Martínez-Heredia N... [et al.] (2022) Exploring Inequality Through Service Learning in Higher Education: A Bibliometric Review Study. Front. Psychol. 13:826341. doi: [10.3389/fpsyg.2022.826341]
Service learning (S-L) is an innovative methodology, which is extensively known worldwide. The implementation of this methodology involves classroom learning and real practice. It is based on a cooperative methodology, integrating community service and learning in a connected way. Its main strength lies in its great potential as a transformative social movement to reduce inequality. The main aim of this study was to understand and describe the field of S-L and inequality in higher education through a bibliometric analysis. A descriptive, retrospective, and cross-sectional methodology is used to describe the information obtained from the 20 references on the topic registered in the Scopus and Web of Science (WoS) databases using a mixed methodology. The quantitative and qualitative results show that most of the publications are concentrated in 2016, with the United States being the country with the largest amount of scientific production on this subject. It is also worth noting that most of the authors reported this approach as a powerful tool to develop consciousness, commitment, and responsibility toward inequality and social problems.