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1 Introduction to Service Learning

2 What is Service-Learning? Many definitions: “A form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development.” » Jacoby, 1996

3 Any carefully monitored service experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience » National Society for Experiential Education

4 “…method under which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs that are integrated into the students’ academic curriculum or provide structure time for reflection that enhance what is taught in school by extending student learning beyond the classroom and into the community.” » Corporation for National Service

5 Service and Learning Typology Sygmon, 1994 Service-LEARNING Learning goals primary Service outcomes secondary SERVICE-learning Service outcomes primary Learning goals secondary service learning Service and learning goals completely separate SERVICE-LEARNING Service and learning goals of equal weight Each enhances other for all participants

6 Experiential Learning Continuum SERVICE-LEARNING FIELD EDUCATIONCOMM. SERVICE INTERNSHIPVOLUNTEERISM Who is BENEFITTING? What is the main FOCUS? Provider Learning Recipient Service Adapted from Furco, 1996

7 Volunteerism Primary emphasis on service provided Primary beneficiary is service recipient “inherently altruistic”

8 Community Service Primary focus on service provided May involve more structure than volunteerism As service becomes integrated with formal course work, moves closer to center of continuum

9 Internships Student the primary beneficiary Focus on student learning – Goal is to acquire skills and knowledge

10 Field Education Service activities related to but not fully integrated into academics Focus on maximizing student learning

11 Service Learning Equal benefit to provider and recipient of service Equal focus on service and learning Must have academic context that ensures – Service enhances learning – Learning enhances service

12 Examples: What might each look like? Volunteer at hospital Internship at hospital Service learning at hospital

13 “Reciprocity” Equal benefit and investment Every individual, organization, and entity involved functions as both teacher and learner (From:

14 Service learning courses integrate service and academic course content – each significantly informs and enhances the other involve planned benefits for community partner and students service addresses a need and follows processes that are mutually agreed upon by partner agency and instructor actively guide and support students in critical reflection regarding integration of service and academic course content

15 Structured Reflection (Critical Analysis) Connects the experience to the coursework Provides opportunity for students to share project progress and concerns on ongoing basis Facilitates exchange of relevant information between students, instructor and community Provides safe space for grappling with emotions that arise from service experience

16 Benefits of Service Learning For the Community Enhances positive relationships with the college Provides awareness-building of community issues, agencies, and constituents Contributes to positive exposure in the community May help to secure outside funding

17 For the Institution Facilitates teaching, research, and program development Increases institution’s awareness of societal issues as they relate to academic areas of interest Engages faculty and students in local and state community issues Provides opportunities to extend College’s knowledge and resources

18 For the Student Applies concepts from the classroom to your service Provides platforms to analyze and discuss civic values Increases your sense analytical skills Develops meaningful involvement with the local community


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