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. It’s coordinated with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community service programs, and with the community. Service Learning 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 helps to foster civic responsibility. It also provides structured time for the students or participants to reflect on the service experience. Defining Service-Learning
In the past several years, service-learning has spread rapidly throughout communities, K-12 institutions, and colleges and universities. In a recent survey of its member institutions, Campus Compact gathered information on trends in community involvement and service across a good cross-section of the nation's colleges and universities. During the 1999-2000 academic year, among the 349 campuses that responded to the survey: •
712,000 students had participated in some form of service •
12.2 percent of faculty were offering service-learning courses •
6,272 service-learning courses were taught
9 percent required service-learning courses for graduation
What is Service-Learning?
Service-learning combines service objectives with learning objectives with the intent that the activities change both the recipient and the provider of the service. This is accomplished by combining service tasks with structured opportunities that link the task to self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of values, skills, and knowledge content. For example, if school students collect trash out of an urban stream, they are providing a service to the community as volunteers; a service that is highly valued and...
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