There are many benefits to incorporating Service-Learning into your academic courses as Service-Learning is a method of teaching and learning that enriches academic experiences and life-long learning by engaging students and faculty/staff in meaningful hands-on services in the community.
Key components to Service-Learning include:
- Connecting Service With Learning-Academically rigorous, meaningful service with a significant positive impact upon those involved.
- Reflection- Assessment of personal and community needs, reflection on participation, and evaluation of progress.
- Reciprocity-Both the student, faculty/staff and the community partner give and receive time, energy, knowledge and creativity.
- Critical Thinking- Involvement in situations conducive to creative, effective problem-solving.
- Social Responsibility-Expansion of student's, faculty/staff compassion, civic awareness, and desire to be engaged in the community.
- Experiential Learning- Use of direct experience and hands-on learning to develop skills useful in future careers, family life, and community involvement.
- Needs-Based- Project-based on community-identified needs.
*Content from Purdue University Libraries-2014