What Is Service Learning?

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What is Service Learning?

Service learning is a method of teaching, learning and reflecting that combines academic classroom curriculum with meaningful service, frequently youth service, throughout the community. As a teaching methodology, it falls under the philosophy of experiential education. More specifically, it integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, encourage lifelong civic engagement, and strengthen communities for the common good. Service learning is also a method under which students or participants learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community; is coordinated with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community service program, and with the community; and helps foster civic responsibility; and that is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students, or the educational components of the community service program in which the participants are enrolled; and provides structured time for the students or participants to reflect on the service experience. That is the proper definition of service learning but to me, service learning is much more. Service learning is a great experience that can help to further and benefit me in life. At first I thought, this class would be an easy ‘A’ but now that I have been taking part in community service activities I’ve grown to really enjoy volunteering to help others. I feel as if service learning could really change a person and to help them see different aspects of life by helping out other for the common good.

My community service site is at Earl K. Long hospital where I volunteer in labor & delivery. I chose a hospital because my major is nursing and I felt that by volunteering in a hospital, it would be a great experience so that I could get a feel of what I may...
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