Service Learning

What is Service-Learning?

SERVE while you LEARN. Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.  

Underlying principles of service-learning include:

  • Those being served control the service provided
  • Those being served become better able to serve and be served by their own actions 
  • Those who serve also are learners and have significant control over what is expected to be learned.


The 3 key concepts of service-learning:                                                                                         

  1. Collaboration: Students work with each other and with the community. Not only does this help get the need filled, but it allows students to experience diversity and team work.  
  2. Reciprocal Learning: This is an interactive teaching method between students and faculty. Students learn while doing, not solely through lectures and textbooks.
  3. Reflection: This is the time for students to think about their experience in the service. The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse considers this step to be the "core component" of service-learning. Students should reflect on what they've done, why it's important, how it can be done better in the future, and how it will impact students' actions.


*Source material: National Service-Learning Clearinghouse and Service-Learning                             


: Three Principles (R. Sigmon)