What is Service Learning?
Service-learning is a pedagogy that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. It is an experiential learning which focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. It can be used in a variety of classroom settings, and support numerous learning outcomes. Essential elements of effective service-learning practice include well-defined learning goals, meaningful service activities, and critical reflection activities which support both service and learning goals.
Benefits of Service Learning
- Impact of Service Learning is felt on both the giver & the receiver, and more so on the giver, where there is a perceptible improvement of skills in the areas of community action, citizen participation, decision making, problem solving, collaborative teamwork & leadership.
- Service Learning helps students learn how to turn factual information into usable knowledge.
- Students improve their academic skills by applying what they learn in school to real world issues.
- Provides a variety of academic, social and civic benefits for students, faculty, community members, and academic institutions.