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:
- 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.
- Reciprocal Learning: This is an interactive teaching method between students and faculty. Students learn while doing, not solely through lectures and textbooks.
- 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