Why Service-Learning?. What is Service-Learning?. Service and learning are two words that alone needn’t be defined, but to put the two words together as Service-Learning , one gets a hybrid definition of both. Its meaning incorporates both knowledge and
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Service and learning are two words that alone
needn’t be defined, but to put the two words together
as Service-Learning, one gets a hybrid definition of
both. Its meaning incorporates both knowledge and
experience with action and responsibility, which
ultimately enhances education and develops altruistic
ideals and civic responsibility.
The need for service organizations began in the early
1900’s when small towns and villages grew into
larger metropolises eroding the neighborhood
community network. The growing need for service
caused some individuals to respond with
community based action that eventually evolved
into a national effort.
service connected curriculum
service-learning between 1984 to 1997 grew 3663 percent!
“I learned to understand myself better”
“I learned to appreciate other cultures”
THROUGH THE SERVICE-LEARNING EXPERIENCE STUDENTS DEVELOP
Strong leadership skills
Public speaking skills
Ability to work with others
Tolerance for diversity
PERSONAL & INTERPERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Service-learning - A new idea?
SERVICE-LEARNING PROVIDES STUDENTS
A deeper understanding of what is learned in the classroom
The ability to use what is learned
The ability to apply knowledge to real life situations and social issues
Specific skills learned within the context of the service site.
value to each and
-Honnet & Poulsen 1989
The role of reflection in
service-learning is to provide
the transformative link
between the action of serving
and the ideas and
understanding of learning.
-Bentley College Student
Small group discussion
Creative expression through art, role play, presentations or other types of projects
Methods of Reflection
The 4 C’s: Principles of Reflection
“Well, in my opinion. I think that what’s helpful for me is to have personal and also group reflection . . . I think there’s something really important in having a voice and sharing your opinions and ideas and bouncing those off other people.” -University of Colorado student
“After I write down my thoughts and everything, I can look back and find answers to questions that I thought were impossible to find. Like I’ve found answers to some questions just through writing what has happened.” -East Tennessee State University student
Value of Reflection
-University of Washington student
Service-learning motivates students to learn
it aids in personal development
helps students connect to others
helps students develop commitment to active citizenship
enhances understanding of issues and subject matter
helps students apply knowledge and skills they learn in one setting to other settings
Service-learning coupled with critical reflection helps students reframe the way they think about complex social issues