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In service-learning work, students participate in a service activity designed to meet a particular community-identified need as part of the required work of an academic course. Participation in a service-learning course or project encourages students to (a) develop a deeper, more nuanced understanding of academic curriculum; (b) develop a stronger relationship with and knowledge of the community and its needs; and (c) develop a stronger sense of civic responsibility. The final, and often overlooked, component of service-learning is reflection. Throughout their work with the community partner, students engage in various reflection activities that help them develop a stronger connection between the academic course content and their service experience. This entry first discusses elements of service-learning, including the relationship of the community partner and school, the ...

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