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  1. Service Learning Reflection Janet Eyler Vanderbilt University

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

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

  6. Eyler Service-Learning

  7. Eyler Service-Learning

  8. Kolb’s Model of Learning WHAT? Concrete Experience Reflective Observation ACTION REFLECTION Active Experimentation Abstract Conceptualization NOW WHAT? SO WHAT?

  9. Effective ReflectionBased on Research Interviews with Students • Continuous • Connected • Challenging • Contextualized Eyler reflecting on service

  10. Your Reflection Map 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

  11. We shall not cease from exploration 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

  12. A Positive Learning Experience Step 1: Step 2: Step 4 Step 3