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Service-Learning

What is Service-Learning

Service-Learning is a process that links academic learning and community participation.

 

 The goals of Service-Learning are generally to:





How We Can Help

The Service-Learning Department is here to provide you with any assistance you may need if you are considering participating in Service-Learning or during your Service-Learning experience.

 

Please contact us if you need assistance with:





Benefits of Service-Learning

Students benefit through...




1. Personal and Interpersonal Development

Service-Learning, which develops mastery of academic subject matter, critical thinking, and development of citizenship skills and attitudes furthers such goals of higher education as interpersonal competence, personal development, and increased experience with diverse environments.



2. Understanding and applying knowledge

Service-Learning, where course and community service are well integrated---has a powerful impact on student understanding. A majority of Service-Learning students report that they learn more and are motivated to work harder in Service-Learning classes than in regular classes.



3. Engagement, curiosity, and reflective practice

Students believe that the learning that results from their Service-Learning experience is richer and more applicable to real-world contexts than material they learn in traditional classes.



4. Critical Thinking

Service-Learning has an impact on the quality of student thinking and problem solving. The quality of Service-Learning impacts reports of critical thinking, ability to see consequences of actions, issue identification, and openness to new ideas.



5. Perspective Transformation

Students who have spent lots of time in service developing leadership roles and studying the issues in the classroom may challenge their assumptions and move in the direction of political and community action.



6. Citizenship

Participation in Service-Learning leads to the values, knowledge, skills, competence, and commitment that underlie effective citizenship.