What is Service-Learning?
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 (Learn and Serve America National Service Learning Clearinghouse). Service-learning aims to connect the personal and intellectual to help students acquire knowledge and a useful understanding of the world, build critical thinking capacities, and perhaps lead to fundamental questions about learning and about society and to a commitment to improve both.
Reflection as an Integral Part of Service-Learning Reflecting on Your Service-Learning
During the semester, your professor will ask you to reflect on the experiences you’ve had and how the course material relates to what you have experienced through service-learning. This will serve as an opportunity for you to share the knowledge and expertise that you’ve gained with your class. Reflection can be in a variety of forms:
* On-going process throughout the semester
* A group decision and sharing process
* A paper at the end of the semester
* A journal of experiences
Your professor will decide which type of reflection activity you will use. But students may be more comfortable with using other formats. Reflection, for many faculty, is the key to successful learning. NOTE: The more you are able to integrate your experience with classroom theory the more your will contribute to your reflection activities.
What are High Impact Practices? (HIPS)
For more information on High Impact Practices, click here.