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   What is Academic Service-Learning?  

Academic service-learning is more than a volunteer activity; it integrates community service with instruction and reflection. It is designed to enrich the learning experience through hands-on activity and to teach civic responsibility. Academic service-learning requires students to apply what they learn in the classroom and to reflect on their experiences by thinking, discussing, and writing about them. It teaches students how to apply academic knowledge to real-life civic issues, promotes teamwork and collaborative problem-solving, develops life skills and makes learning more personally meaningful.

"The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas." — George Santayana

 

Academic Service-Learning...

  • Is a teaching strategy in which learning is achieved through service while applying curriculum taught in class
  • Takes learning to the world beyond the classroom and enhances education by engaging students in service.
  • Allows structured time for thoughtful planning of service experience and guided reflection
  • Allows students to address social issues and make academic connections first-hand
  • Involves students in organized community service that addresses local needs, while developing their academic skills, sense of civic responsibility, and commitment to the community
 

Distinguishing Characteristics of Some
Common Student Community-Based Experiences

 

Community Service

Enhanced Academic Learning

Purposeful Civic Learning

Volunteering or Community Service

Yes

No

No

Co-Curricular Service Learning

Yes

No

Yes

Academic Service-Learning

Yes

Yes

Yes

Internship

Yes*

Yes

No

*Not all internships involve service in the community.
From Three Necessary Criteria for Academic Service-Learning, by Jeffrey Howard, 2001, Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning: Service-Learning Course Design Workbook, Companion Volume, p.13.

 

Academic Service-Learning Brochure

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