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Recent years have seen increasing interest in ensuring that students at all levels in
the educational system may acquire broader interpersonal and civic competencies
beyond the technical and/or discipline-specific knowledge that has traditionally
been valued. This article discusses the emergence of secondary level as an
appropriate space for such “citizenship” or “civic” education. Hence, the possibility
of developing the intellectual and social competencies associated with citizenship
or civic-mindedness at that level is explored. This issue is first addressed in general
terms; then we present an experiential pedagogy known as Service-Learning (SL),
which has been growing in popularity as an effective approach for achieving the
learning outcomes (e.g. knowledge, skills, attitudes) that enable participation in
a democratic society. Later, two programs based on this methodology which are
applicable to this level of education are presented. After analysis and evaluation of
these programs, we appraised the suitability of Service-Learning for the development
of civic competencies in secondary education students, the citizens and professionals
of the XXI century.