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Service Learning. Reflection. Janet Eyler Vanderbilt University. We do not learn from doing, we learn from thinking about what we do. Northwest Service Academy Experience is not what happens to people; it is what people do with what happened to them.

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Service Learning

Reflection

Janet Eyler

Vanderbilt University


We do not learn from doing, we

learn from thinking about what we do.

  • Northwest Service Academy

    Experience is not what happens to people; it is what people do with what happened to them.

    - Aldous Huxley

Eyler reflecting on service


Goals of reflection
Goals of Reflection

  • Exploring impressions and feelings

  • Understanding self and place in world

  • Deep understanding of academic content; connecting theory with service

  • Applying learning to practice -- transfer

  • Challenging assumptions/ transforming perspectives

  • Stimulating cognitive development/ problem solving

  • Becoming self-aware – metacognition


What value can service learning add to academic learning
What Value can Service-Learning Add to Academic Learning ?

  • Acquisition of Facts

  • Deep understanding

  • Problem solving

  • Practical application

  • Transforming Perspectives

  • Critical Thinking/cognitive development

  • Life long learning skills


Reflection is the most consistent quality variable in service-learning research that is linked to positive outcomes.

Eyler reflecting on service


Eyler Service-Learning service-learning research that is linked to positive outcomes.


Eyler Service-Learning service-learning research that is linked to positive outcomes.


Kolb s model of learning
Kolb service-learning research that is linked to positive outcomes.’s Model of Learning

WHAT?

Concrete Experience

Reflective Observation

ACTION

REFLECTION

Active Experimentation

Abstract Conceptualization

NOW WHAT?

SO WHAT?


Effective reflection based on research interviews with students
Effective Reflection service-learning research that is linked to positive outcomes.Based on Research Interviews with Students

  • Continuous

  • Connected

  • Challenging

  • Contextualized

Eyler reflecting on service


Your reflection map
Your Reflection Map service-learning research that is linked to positive outcomes.

From: Eyler, J. (2001). Creating your reflection map. In M. Canada (Ed.) Service-learning: Practical advice and models. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

New Directions for Higher Education Series # 114, 35-43


We shall not cease from exploration service-learning research that is linked to positive outcomes.

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time

T.S. Eliot


A Positive Learning Experience service-learning research that is linked to positive outcomes.

Step 1:

Step 2:

Step 4

Step 3


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