Service Learning

Service Learning is an instructional method that uses experiential education to assist students in acquiring a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, underlying concepts, ideas, and principles associated with a course of study, while also promoting and strengthening the idea of democratic citizenship.

Service Learning combines direct, hands-on experience with:

  • guided reflections and analysis of what is being done
  • how the student is responding to the experience
  • what the student feels are the good and the bad aspects of the experience
  • how the student would change the learning process and environment
  • what the student has learned about the mission and infrastructure of the agency he/she is working with
  • what the student sees as his/her responsibility and future role in the community.