Service learning is a pedagogy that includes meeting a genuine community need while enhancing critical thinking skills. It differs from other courses in which students are required to volunteer by incorporating reflection on service in light of course readings. This often includes structured or unstructured journal assignments, reflective essays, or in-class reflection. Through these activities students interpret their service for greater understanding much like they would interpret a text.

Rationale for Service Learning

Most service learning currently occurs at the college level. Here service learning is a way for universities to be responsive to community needs while providing a rich learning experience. This active approach allows students to apply what they have learned in class. Students report greater excitement and engagement as they discover linkages between intellect ...

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